Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition
Open Society Justice Initiative, Feb 2013
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Following 9/11, the CIA embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques. Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the US, but also with the dozens of foreign governments that were complicit. More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the US and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.
My own thoughts on this: Some of the 54 countries that took part in the rendition program, such as Syria and Iran, were obviously not part of the conspiracy to torture and brainwash the patsies into becoming false flag terrorists. Syria detained, interrogated, and tortured rendered individuals. It was one of the most common destinations for rendered suspects. But presumably this was because it was not in on the conspiracy and was played along by the CIA, being provided with ignorant patsies, such as Canadian Maher Arar for instance. Libya under Gaddafi is more dubious. Various things suggest it was in on the conspiracy. Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, under threat of torture while in US custody in 2002, fabricated the tales about Iraq providing nuclear training to al-Qaeda which formed the basis of Colin Powell’s Feb 2003 UN speech. He was subsequently rendered to Egyptian imprisonment, recanted his fabrications in 2004, was taken by the CIA back to a succession of black sites in Afghanistan, then was rendered to Libya in late 2005 or early 2006. He was found dead in his cell in Tripoli, Libya, in 2009. More suspicious still, a memo from CIA to Libyan Intelligence says:
We are in a position to deliver Shaykh Musa to your physical custody, similar to what we
have done with other senior LIFG members in the recent past.
This is very strange, considering that we now regard LIFG as a CIA-owned false flag group. Further, the documents indicate that the CIA and Libya cooperated in the extraordinary rendition of LIFG chief Abd’ul-Hakim Belhadj (real name Abu Abd’ullah al-Sadiq) in 2004. Documents discovered in Tripoli in 2011 confirm that the UK was involved in helping Libya take custody of al-Sadiq. MI6’s former head of counter-terrorism, Mark Allen, now ‘Sir’ Mark Allen, wrote in Mar 2004 to Libyan Intelligence chief Moussa Koussa:
Most importantly, I congratulate you on the safe arrival of Abu ‘Abd Allah Sadiq. This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years. I am so glad. I was grateful to you for helping the officer we sent out last week. Amusingly, we got a request from the CIA to channel requests for information from Abu ‘Abd Allah through them. I have no intention of doing any such thing. The intelligence on Abu ‘Abd Allah was British. I know I did not pay for the air cargo. But I feel I have the right to deal with you direct on this and am very grateful for the help you are giving us.
Belhadj later alleged that he was seized and held in Bangkok and tortured by two CIA officers before being rendered to Libya, where he was questioned by MI6 officers. In Sep 2011, Sami al-Saadi (Abu Munthir), former deputy leader of the LIFG, reported that the UK had arranged his rendition to Libya in 2004. Documents discovered in Tripoli in 2011 include a Mar 2004 memo from the CIA to Libyan Intelligence that says:
We are aware that your service has been cooperating with the British to effect Abu Munthir’s removal to Tripoli.
Al-Saadi was detained in Libya for 6 years, and alleges that during this time he was frequently tortured. Al-Saadi also alleges that MI6 officers questioned him during his imprisonment in Libya. At the end of Jan 2012, Belhadj and al-Saadi sued ‘Sir’ Mark Allen for civil damages. In Apr 2012, al-Saadi and his wife sued former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, alleging his complicity in the torture and abuse that they suffered at the hands of Thai, US, and Libyan officials, as well as malfeasance in public office. In Dec 2012, the British government paid al-Saadi £2.23m to settle his lawsuit, without admitting liability. What all this suggests to me is that Gaddafi (and his Intelligence chief Moussa Koussa) were in on the conspiracy, that they knew that al-Qaeda, LIFG, etc, were Gladio-style false flag operations. Gaddafi had a very long history of funding both ultra-Right and ultra-Left groups in Europe, on a sort of ‘Hegelian’ basis. Then, in 2011 or so, the West decided to double-cross him – RB