1. Report on CIA Secret Prisons and Extraordinary Rendition

    February 6, 2013 The Soros Foundation-backed Open Society Foundation has published a new report with the glossy title “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition,” which can be read here: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/reports/globalizing-torture-cia-secret-detention-and-extraordinary-rendition The report’s key finding is this, “It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims [of extraordinary rendition], and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.” Overheated rhetoric aside, there is some interesting information and analysis contained in the report. And not trying to be picky, I also spotted one or two factual errors. The most important is that Canadian citizen Maher Arar was not sent to Syria under the CIA’s Extraordinary Rendition program, but rather was deported from the United States to Syria (with the knowledge of Canadian intelligence) because of suspected links to terrorism. The suspicions, it turned out, had no basis in fact, and the Canadian government had to apologize to Arar and pay him a hefty sum of money to make the matter go away.

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