28.11.06

Report assails collusion in Europe with CIA torture sites

Report assails collusion in Europe with CIA - Americas - International Herald Tribune:
A new European Parliament report on secret abductions, transportation and detention of terror suspects bluntly rejects the assertion by several European countries accused of being involved that they were unaware of a CIA program.

'Many governments cooperated passively or actively' with the CIA, said Giovanni Claudio Fava, the rapporteur leading a special inquiry. 'They knew.'

The report, issued in Brussels, offers new confirmation of the U.S. practice, with European complicity, of so-called extraordinary renditions - in which suspects were abducted, then reportedly transported to third countries to face harsh interrogation methods.

Fava's report follows another done for the Council of Europe, the leading European human rights watchdog organization. That report, led by Dick Marty, a Swiss member of Parliament, described what it said was a 'reprehensible network' created by the U.S. intelligence agency, one that was allowed to exist through the 'intentional or grossly negligent collusion of the European partners.'

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