Europeans investigate extraordinary rendition

It seems the CIA hasn’t just been flying people from the United States. According to a story in the Washington Post, European investigators have implicated the CIA in a number of kidnappings from their own countries.

Meanwhile, “a US judge has blocked the government from transferring 13 Yemeni prisoners from the US base in Guantanamo, Cuba, until a hearing can be held on whether they face torture in another country,” and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights faces a choice between losing credibility and condemning “Washington for mistreatment of prisoners detained abroad,” placing “the United States … in a similar position to Cuba, Iran and Sudan, countries that Washington and others are likely to seek to pillory…. ‘If the commission is going to be taken seriously, it needs to be looking at the United States as well as Cuba, China and other serious human rights situations,’ Loubna Freih, Geneva representative of Human Rights Watch, said.”

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