Amnesty Int'l Releases Report on CIA Secret Flights

Amnesty International today released a new, in depth report on the U.S. practice of extraordinary renditions -- where the CIA secretly flys detainees to overseas prisons for interrogation and confinement, including countries that practice torture. It's called "USA - Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance". I call it Ghost Air.

The human rights organisation has analysed the movements of airplanes directly linked to the CIA between 2001 and 2005, specifically, the aircraft that transported well known rendition victims such as Khaled el-Masri, Maher Arar and Abu Omar. The analysis shows that these airplanes often used European airspace, although it does not prove that they were always transporting prisoners.

Amnesty International has interviewed several victims of rendition. Their testimonies were coherent and plausible when checked against factual data such as flight information. Also consistent was the description, by every single one, of incidents of torture and other ill-treatment.

....As a result of renditions, today several people are still "disappeared" although it is difficult to assess the full scope of the rendition program because families are often reluctant to report missing relatives for fear of reprisals.

What needs to be done?

Once again Amnesty International calls on all Member States to ensure that European airports and European airspace are not used to support or facilitate renditions. With or without diplomatic assurances, this practice is not about bringing people to justice, it leads to torture and puts lives at risk.

The summary of the report (html) is here. The full report is available here (pdf). A clip with footage and interviews with Muhammad al-Assad and his family are available here.

Also check out the Amnesty blog's entry on the report.

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    Re: Amnesty Int'l Releases Report on CIA Secret Fl (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:10:56 PM EST
    What an amazing picture. Wow. MY favorite. Perfect with the creepy story. Just a spoonful of sugar... Why would anyone want to trash Amnesty right or left, Amnesty and groups like them may be the only thing that holds a place for us in the History books as a civilized county. I could see why governments hate the humantarian organizations but most of us might need their help some day as right or left we are not the government.