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Newly-Discovered Documents Reveal CIA Helped Gaddafi against His Opponents
Newly-Discovered Documents Reveal CIA Helped Gaddafi against His Opponents

Once Libyas dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, gave up attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction in 2004, the CIA under President George W. Bush came calling to Tripoli to enlist the Arab countrys help with the extraordinary rendition of terrorism suspects. In exchange, the CIA turned over to Gaddafi men he considered his enemies.

Documents uncovered in the abandoned office of Libyas former top spy reportedly show how close a relationship the CIA had with Libyan intelligence agents, including the handing over of detainees to Libya, where they may have been tortured during interrogations.

The rendition program was all about handing over these significant figures related to Al Qaeda so they could torture them and get the information they wanted, Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch, who studied the documents in the intelligence headquarters in downtown Tripoli, told The New York Times. Bouckaert added to the Associated Press, that the U.S. governments involvement with Gaddafis regime is a very dark chapter in American intelligence history, and it remains a stain on the record of the American intelligence services that they cooperated with these very abusive intelligence services.

In one now awkward case, the CIA kidnapped Islamic militant Abdel-Hakim Belhadj in 2004. Belhadj claims that he was tortured in Thailand before being handed over to Gaddafi. Now that Gaddafi has been driven from power, Belhadj is a military commander for the new government, leading the forces that control the capital of Tripoli.
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