Over 50 nations involved in US' anti-terror global torture scheme, finds research

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 09:10 hrs

The U.S. counterterrorism practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which suspects were quietly moved to secret prisons abroad and often tortured, involved the participation of more than 50 nations, according to a new report by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The OSF report, which be released on Tuesday, puts the number of governments that either hosted CIA "black sites," interrogated or tortured prisoners sent by the U.S., or otherwise collaborated in the program at 54, reports the Huffington Post.

The report also identifies by name 136 prisoners who were at some point subjected to extraordinary rendition.

The number of nations and the names of those detained provide a stark tally of a program that was expanded widely by the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and has been heavily condemned in the years since.

Although Bush administration officials said they never intentionally sent terrorism suspects abroad in order to be tortured.

When he came into office, President Barack Obama pledged to end the U.S. government's use of torture and issued an executive order closing the CIA's secret prisons around the world. But he did not fully end the practice of rendition, which permits the U.S. to circumvent any due process obligations for terrorism suspects.

Instead, the administration said it was relying on the less certain "diplomatic assurances" of host countries that they would not torture suspects sent to them for pretrial detention. This decision, the OSF report concludes, was tantamount to continuing the program, since in the absence of any public accounting, it was impossible to measure the accuracy of those "assurances."

The list of those nations includes Canada, UK, Germany, Jordan, Yemen, UAE, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Australia, Sweden, Italy and Macedonia. (ANI)

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