Friday, June 08, 2007
Council of Europe Investigator: CIA Ran Secret Prisons in Poland, Romania From 2003 to 2005
The Associated Press
The CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania from 2003 to 2005 to interrogate high-level detainees in its war on terror, European investigator Dick Marty said in a report released Friday.
He accused Germany and Italy of obstructing his probe into alleged secret detentions by the CIA. Marty's report, citing unnamed CIA sources, also said top terror suspects Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were secretly held and interrogated in Poland. He said "highest state authorities" in countries involved knew of the alleged detention centers.
This is a breaking news update. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
PARIS (AP) The CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, including in Poland, said the head of a European investigation who was to present new findings Friday on what he has called a "spider's web" of human rights abuses during the war on terror.
"We have proof, on the basis of information collected, of the existence of illegal prisons in countries closely collaborating with the United States, such as Poland," the French daily Le Figaro quoted Swiss senator Dick Marty as saying.
Marty, leading an inquiry on behalf of the Council of Europe, has spoken to former CIA agents to corroborate his earlier accusations against Poland and Romania, where he suggested CIA planes landed to drop off detainees, a person familiar with the investigation said.
Marty was to release his latest findings Friday. In Romania, a senator who headed a panel investigating the allegations on behalf of the Romanian parliament rejected Marty's conclusions.
"The report is totally unfounded," Norica Nicolai said on news television Realitatea TV. "There are very serious allegations and I would not have expected a European lawmaker to make such serious accusations without evidence."
President Traian Basescu's former security adviser Sergiu Medar also denied allegations Romania's military intelligence department was involved in the CIA prison scandal.
"The military intelligence categorically did not participate in any kind of activities of this kind." He added that authorities cooperated with the investigation by the Council of Europe panel.
Last year, Marty accused 14 European nations spanning a swath from Dublin to Berlin to Bucharest of colluding with U.S. intelligence in a web of rights abuses to help the CIA spirit terror suspects to illegal detention facilities.
Marty said evidence suggested that CIA-linked planes carrying terror suspects had landed at airports in Timisoara, Romania, and Szymany, Poland, and likely dropped off detainees there. His findings backed up earlier news reports that identified the two countries as possible sites of clandestine detention centers.
His report also said European governments "did not seem particularly eager to establish" the facts.
Both the Polish and the Romanian government have vehemently denied the allegation that CIA secret detention centers were in their countries.
CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said that "Europe has been the source of grossly inaccurate allegations about the CIA and counterterrorism. And people should remember that Europeans have benefited from the agency's bold, lawful work to disrupt terrorist plots."
The European Parliament completed its own investigation in February, also accusing several European countries of colluding with the CIA to transport terror suspects to clandestine prisons in third countries.
President Bush acknowledged the existence of secret detention centers in September 2006, but did not specify any locations.
On Thursday, a coalition of human rights groups published a list of 39 terror suspects it believes are being secretly imprisoned by U.S. authorities.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and four other groups said information about the so-called "ghost detainees," a list of which was published Thursday, was gleaned from interviews with former prisoners and officials in the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Information on the purported missing detainees was, in some cases, incomplete, the report acknowledged. Some detainees had been added to the list because Marwan Jabour, an Islamic militant who claims to have spent two years in CIA custody, remembered being shown photos of them during interrogations, it said.
Others were identified only by their first or last names, like "al-Rubaia," who was added to the list after a fellow inmate reported seeing the name scribbled onto the wall of his cell.
But information for at least 21 of the detainees had been confirmed by two or more independent sources, said Anne Fitzgerald, a senior adviser for Amnesty International.
Detainees on the list include Hassan Ghul and Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, who were both named in the 9-11 Commission report as al-Qaida operatives. Another is Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a jihadist ideologue named as one of the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists."
In Milan Friday, the trial was opening of 26 Americans all but one of them believed to be CIA agents accused of kidnapping an Egyptian terror suspect in Italy in 2003 and taking him to U.S. bases in Italy and Germany before he was transferred to Egypt, where he was imprisoned for four years and claims he was tortured.
Associated Press Writer Jan Sliva contributed to this report.
My brothers who only wish to bring down the Great Satan have rights too. We only wish for the blood of all infidels. If you will submit to Islam we will take you in. Please keep talking of the "rights" of our Islamic brothers being kidnapped by the evil CIA.
ALLAH AKBAHR, ALLAH AKBAHR!!!! Long live the Islamic resistance!! Long live the Baath Party and long live the mujahideen!!!
Thank you for your support for the mujahideen from inside the Great Satan.
Don't be surprised when the FBI knocks your fucking door down and carts you off to a secret prison. I'm sure you'll try to explain your "joke" and try to wiggle your way out of this post by claiming that you were only making a "satirical" post and you aren't really a terrorist.
I'm sure when they start waterboarding you, you'll be singing like a fucking canary and begging for the ACLU to defend your rights.
Go fuck yourself troll.
Hugs and Kisses,
But then again I imagine that you have no concept of educating yourself before spouting out your right wing bullshit. Muslim names are very specific, not just a combination of jibberish.
If you'd like to come back and post with your real name, we'd be happy to call you names and mock your substandard intelligence.
So for the record, I will again tell you to go fuck yourself. I fart in your general direction. I wave my private parts at your aunties.
Hugs and Kisses,
This is standard practice, and it's even the desired practice of those seeking to close places like Gitmo-send the terrorists home instead of keeping them in Gitmo.
Oh wait, it's wrong to send them home now?
C'mon, pick a position otherwise it's just opposition for opposition's sake and not really substantive.
You're a fucking coward who only posts bullshit. And you expect us to give you reasoned responses?
Go fuck yourself coward. You want big brother to allow people to disappear into government black holes because you think what? That it's going to decrease terrorism? You're a fucking idiot. All you're doing is growing more terrorists because people no longer perceive the U.S. as abiding by the rule of law. They argue we've become as bad as Saddam Hussein and this becomes a militant recruiting tool. You played right into their hands.
There is something in this country called the rule of law. There is something in this country called the rule of evidence. If it's good enough for an animal like Timothy McVeigh, it's good enough for terrorists. Or have you forgotten the concept of innocent until proven guilty?
Better a hundred guilty men go free, than a single innocent man goes to jail. That is the rule of law that should be applied to ALL MEN. But you see all Muslims as animals, and you will fan the flames of this fight just like Osama bin laden. You WANT this fight. You're both sides of the same coin.