Sunday, December 04, 2005

EU to probe reports of secret CIA prisons

Prisoners flown to Poland and Romania, Human Rights Watch says

BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union officials said Thursday they would investigate a report that the CIA set up secret jails in Eastern Europe to interrogate top al-Qaida suspects. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch in New York said it has evidence indicating the CIA transported suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan to Poland and Romania.

That conclusion is based on an analysis of flight logs of CIA aircraft from 2001 to 2004 obtained by the group, said Mark Garlasco, a senior military analyst with the organization.

Poland and Romania were among about a dozen nations that denied having CIA facilities in their territory.

In Poland, an aide to President Aleksander Kwasniewski said authorities there had "no information" of such facilities existing there.

"I repeat: We do not have CIA bases in Romania," the country's prime minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, said.

Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Georgia and Armenia also issued denials.
More Relevent Details on this NEWS Report:

Pressure to catch terrorists led agency to make arrests with little evidence

In May 2004, the White House dispatched the U.S. ambassador in Germany to pay an unusual visit to that country's interior minister. Ambassador Daniel R. Coats carried instructions from the State Department transmitted via the CIA's Berlin station because they were too sensitive and highly classified for regular diplomatic channels, according to several people with knowledge of the conversation.

Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens, Khaled Masri, for five months, and would soon release him, the sources said. There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told even if Masri went public. The U.S. officials feared exposure of a covert action program designed to capture terrorism suspects abroad and transfer them among countries, and possible legal challenges to the CIA from Masri and others with similar allegations.

The Masri case, with new details gleaned from interviews with current and former intelligence and diplomatic officials, offers a rare study of how pressure on the CIA to apprehend al Qaeda members after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has led in some instances to detention based on thin or speculative evidence. The case also shows how complicated it can be to correct errors in a system built and operated in secret.
Holocaust Paper Clip Project ties in to many issues facing America TODAY

This after-school project involves eighth grade students who are learning about the Holocaust and how prejudice and power in the wrong hands can be catastrophic. We have a project that we would like your help on.

We are trying to have 6,000,000 paper-clips sent to our school to represent the 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust.

It is truly in these unethical acts "we as a people need and should speak out about" in order to share with our children how even human leaders can over re-act when faced with un-precedented challenges - but we must ALSO remember that no human being is perfect - YET can tell by their actions and thier deeds when they are honest about making mistakes and are now on a more positive course to correct them for the American people.

I am confident that if we work together - they will in the end make even better decisions that are for the best for the country and our people - especially - if we will share our thoughts and our prayers with them - not to criticize them - as to do so - might only delay what could be positive signs for our children's future!

Does anyone possibly fear that we are in or on the brink of WWIII - if we do not choose a more politically prudent way of dealing with our enemies at home and abroad who are filled with such hated for our Nation - as we occupy theirs - what might a few minutemen have done in our nations past...?

I truly fear that if we do not change our current course - my son may not ever enjoy the lifetime of opportunity we have here in the US - and I would only wish him to experience - and unless we change in a few positive ways the direction we are headed in the many might not get the chance to serve our nation in so many positive ways...

My commentary on this is not / was not EVER meant to be - in any way a direct comparison - or EVER should be - in any way construed as a comparison - between Japanese detainees or Jewish Holocaust detainees - during WWII - other than to point out the negative effect this has on the perception it shares with the rest of the World. I hope this helps dispel any connection to having any feelings of dis-crimination against any gender, race, religion, or creed "as is" protected by our US Constitution.

SRene -
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