Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:29 PM
Ghost Dog (14,028 posts)
CIA rendition report author believes UK could face human rights court
Source: The Guardian
Ian Cobain, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 February 2013 19.47 GMT
Up to two dozen European countries including the UK could face proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights from their involvement in the CIA's extraordinary rendition operations after 9/11, according to a human rights organisation that has documented worldwide secret support for the programme.
At least 54 different governments – more than a quarter of the world's total – were covertly engaged with the global kidnap, detention and torture programme, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based NGO. The greatest number – 25 – were in Europe, while 14 were in Asia and 13 in Africa...
... "There is no doubt that high-ranking Bush administration officials bear responsibility for authorising human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern," the report says.
"But responsibility for these violations does not end with the United States. Secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations, designed to be conducted outside the United States under cover of secrecy, could not have been implemented without the active participation of foreign governments. These governments too must be held accountable."...
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/05/cia-rendition-report-uk-court
The Open Society Justice Initiative can be found online here: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/open-society-justice-initiative
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:41 PM
Great Cthulhu (12 posts)
3. 10yrs to Death, depending
First, the CAT makes no distinction between the "guilt" or "innocence" of the victim.
The TX cop that waterboarded an inmate was sentenced to 10yrs in prison.
The War Crimes Act of 1996 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Crimes_Act_of_1996) makes no distinction between conspiring to commit torture (giving orders to but not actually doing it) and the actual act. Penalties IIRC are up to Life in prison unless victim is killed, in which case the Death Penalty can be sought.