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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-10 04:19 PM
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WikiLeaks: el-Masri , CIA, extraordinary rendition/abuse
Edited on Sun Nov-28-10 04:47 PM by Solly Mack
Today's leaks

"Clashes with Europe over human rights: American officials sharply warned Germany in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in a bungled operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was mistakenly kidnapped and held for months in Afghanistan. A senior American diplomat told a German official that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S. "

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2007

CIA Arrest Warrants Strain US-German Ties


"Lyle L. was probably the only person who would have had reason to be concerned about this request until now because he was the only member of the CIA team that allegedly abducted Masri who could be identified by his real name. But now the German investigators are in the process of uncovering the identities of the remaining CIA kidnappers, an effort that will further strain an already tense German-American relationship."


Germany Issues Arrest Warrants for 13 CIA Agents in El-Masri Case


"Lebanese-born German citizen Khaled el-Masri claims he was abducted in Macedonia at the end of 2003. After being handed over to the CIA and flown to Afghanistan, he claims to have been tortured and accused of collusion with the Sept. 11 hijackers. He says he was held for four months before being released without any charges on a roadside in Albania."


2005


'They beat me from all sides'

"A German car salesman says that a year ago he was kidnapped in Europe, beaten and flown to a US-controlled jail in Afghanistan. Now the German government is collecting evidence to back up his story. James Meek hears Khaled el-Masri's account of life in America's secret offshore prison network."


CIA Flying Suspects To Torture?

"Khaled el-Masri was born in Kuwait, but he now lives in Germany with his wife and four children. He became a German citizen 10 years ago. He told 60 Minutes he was on vacation in Macedonia last year when Macedonian police, apparently acting on a tip, took him off a bus, held him for three weeks, then took him to the Skopje airport where he believes he was abducted by the CIA.

"They took me to this room, and they hit me all over and they slashed my clothes with sharp objects, maybe knives or scissors," says el-Masri.

"I also heard photos being taken while this was going on - and they took off the blindfold and I saw that there were a lot of men standing in the room. They were wearing black masks and black gloves."

El-Masri says he was injected with drugs, and after his flight, he woke up in an American-run prison in Afghanistan. He showed 60 Minutes a prison floor plan he drew from memory. He says other prisoners were from Pakistan, Tanzania, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. El-Masri told 60 Minutes that he was held for five months and interrogated by Americans through an interpreter. "


ACLU Statement: Khaled El-Masri

"I was dragged across the floor and my blindfold was removed. I saw seven or eight men dressed in black and wearing black ski masks. One of the men placed me in a diaper and a track suit. I was put in a belt with chains that attached to my wrists and ankles, earmuffs were placed over my ears, eye pads over my eyes, and then I was blindfolded and hooded. After being marched to a plane, I was thrown to the floor face down and my legs and arms were spread-eagled and secured to the sides of the plane. I felt two injections, and I was rendered nearly unconscious. At some point, I felt the plane land and take off again. When it landed again, I was unchained and taken off the plane. It felt very warm outside, and so I knew I had not been returned to Germany. I learned later that I was in Afghanistan.

Once off the plane, I was shoved into the back of a vehicle. After a short drive, I was dragged out of the car, pushed roughly into a building, thrown to the floor, and kicked and beaten on the head, the soles of my feet, and the small of my back. I was left in a small, dirty, cold concrete cell. There was no bed and one dirty, military-style blanket and some old, torn clothes bundled into a thin pillow. I was extremely thirsty, but there was only a bottle of putrid water in cell. I was refused fresh water."




El-Masri v Tenet

October 14, 2010

"The lawsuit charged that former CIA Director George Tenet violated U.S. and universal human rights laws when he authorized agents to abduct Mr. El-Masri, beat him, drug him, and transport him to a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan. The corporations that owned and operated the airplanes used to transport Mr. El-Masri are also named in the case. The CIA continued to hold Mr. El-Masri incommunicado in the notorious "Salt Pit" prison in Afghanistan long after his innocence was known. Five months after his abduction, Mr. El-Masri was deposited at night, without explanation, on a hill in Albania."

















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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-10 04:22 PM
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1. Damn those wiki leaks! Important stuff like torturing people
is going to be far more difficult to cover up now.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-10 04:27 PM
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4. What I want to know is why are so many people
afraid that the truth is exposed at last.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al should be locked up in the Hague and more than a few officials from other countries should be in the same prison.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-10 04:25 PM
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2. Great connecting the dots
Still, this leak only amounts to confirmation of what was already reported. It would be good if there were hard facts relevant to case cited.

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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-10 04:26 PM
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3. This is what Rush equated to frat hazing and harmless pranks.
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