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If the investigation continues and more hard evidence is uncovered of torture camps then what?
Yahoo UK Article
"No cogent evidence has yet emerged on the existence in Europe of detention camps like the one at Guantanamo Bay,"
url=http://uk.news.yahoo.com/24012006/325/outsourcing-torture-european-probe.html]Yahoo UK Article[/url]
"On the other hand, it has been proved -- and in fact never denied -- that individuals have been abducted, deprived of their liberty and transported to different destinations in Europe, to be handed over to countries in which they have suffered degrading treatment and torture,"
Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: Alleged secret detentions in Council of Europe member states: Information Memorandum II - Dick Marty
It would seem from confidential contacts that the information revealed by The Washington Post, HRW and ABC came from different sources, probably all well-informed official sources. This is clearly a factor that adds to the credibility of the allegations, since the media concerned have not simply taken information from one another.
Mention should also be made of the stand taken by the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Louise Arbour, who said in an article in Le Monde published on 7 December 2005 that secret detention was a form of torture in itself,
NGO representatives and investigative journalists specialising in terrorism
[emphasis in original]
the Romanian Parliament set up a commission to investigate the alleged existence of a secret detention centre on Romanian territory[...] Their conclusions do not seem to provide any evidence of such centres[...]the Belgian Government has launched an enquiry into flights and over-flights by CIA-chartered aircraft. So far, no stopover at a military airport has been discovered.[...] the leader of the Cypriot delegation to the Assembly forwarded to me his government's replies[...] no knowledge of secret detention centres on the part of national territory that is actually controlled by the Republic of Cyprus[...] The data, when compared with data held by Swiss air traffic control, indicate that [Abu Omar] was flown through Swiss air space, which has prompted the federal prosecution authorities to institute an enquiry[...]
Over the last few months, a number of former officials of the American intelligence services, some of whom had held responsible positions, have given interviews and provided many details of the resources used against actual and suspected terrorists. These statements, which have in fact been corroborated by indiscretions from officials still serving, clearly confirm that the current US Administration seems to start from the principle that the principles of the rule of law and human rights are incompatible with efficient action against terrorism. Even the laws of war, especially the Geneva Conventions, are not accepted or applied.
Mr Vincent Cannistraro, former head of counter-espionage in the CIA is reported to have said that a Guantánamo detainee suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda and who was refusing to co-operate provided better information after being "rendered" to Egypt: "They promptly tore his fingernails out and he started to tell things"
Another official directly involved in "renditions" said that he knew the persons concerned would probably be tortured ("I … do it with my eyes open")