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Prague, April 12 (CTK) - The Czech counter-intelligence service knows nothing about the alleged landings of CIA planes in the Czech Republic, its spokesmen Jan Subert told CTK today.
"The Security Information Service (BIS) does not monitor the operation of the airport," Subert said.
The counter-intelligence service was not interested in what planes take off or land at the airport and it therefore has no information on the alleged stop-overs of CIA planes in Prague, Subert said.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Conflicting information or different issues?
An EU delegation wants to fly to Washington in early May to ask US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and CIA chief Porter Goss about the flights.
The European Parliament's committee in charge of investigating CIA activities in Europe is hoping to send a delegation to Romania and Poland in September, as the two countries are suspected of having hosted secret detention centers set up by the U.S. top intelligence agency.
Originally posted by Vaak
But what sounds even more worrisome is his claim that he does not have the competence to deal with the issue.
He said the European Union treaty only allowed the bloc's executive branch, the European Commission, or at least a third of member states acting in concert, to raise the issue.
"There was an exorbitant number of 'no comments,'" Claudio Fava, who is charged with writing the delegation's report, said after an hour-long meeting with senior U.S. State Department officials.
"More than one source in the CIA...told us that between 30 and 50 people have been transported by extraordinary rendition," Italian Socialist MEP and committee rapporteur Giovanni Claudio Fava told reporters in Strasbourg.
In the top-secret CIA documents, which virtually the entire European press is currently discussing, the clandestine jails in Poland and Romania, referred to in the Washington Post and Human Rights Voices, even have a name – ‘black sites’. They are a sort of no-man’s land, beyond the law and beyond the right of habeas corpus. If proven, these allegations are serious and present us with a difficult problem – the need to find the delicate balance between protecting citizens’ rights and combating terrorism.
Portugal, which stands accused by a committee made up of members of the European Parliament of having allowed aircraft carrying terror suspects to land and take off from its national airports en route to torture chambers in eastern Europe and the Middle East, faces severe sanctions if a report to be published in June confirms the allegations.
Portugal, Britain, Sweden, France and Germany all stand accused by human rights groups of aiding and abetting the CIA in such flights.
Originally written by SeekerOf in POLL: Torture
Do I agree with the blantant and rampant use of torture? No.
But if it is one method deemed needed, required, and necessary to win a battle or war, then so be it.
Fourteen European states colluded with the CIA in secret US flights for terror suspects, a report for Europe's human rights watchdog concludes.
The document by Swiss senator Dick Marty follows a seven-month inquiry.
The report says there is also evidence to back suspicions secret CIA camps are or were located in Poland and Romania - allegations both countries deny.
Under the CIA policy of rendition, prisoners are secretly moved to states where they may have been tortured.
The new report says: "It is now clear - although we are still far from having established the truth - that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities.
"Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know."
Spain, Turkey, Germany and Cyprus provided "staging posts" for rendition operations, while the UK, Portugal, Ireland and Greece were "stop-off points", the report says.
It says Italy, Sweden, Macedonia and Bosnia allowed the abduction of residents from their soil.
The most serious charges are levelled at Poland and Romania, where Mr Marty says there is enough evidence to support suspicions that CIA secret prisons were established.
Originally posted by Britguy
How can any nation that criticises others on Human Rights abuses and torture think that it's ok for them to do it, overtly or covertly?
Q I'm sorry, I have one for you, Mr. President. This week, a report from the European Council talked about some CIA flights, illegal CIA flights with the prisoners in Europe, and illegal CIA presence also in some European countries. Have these flights taken place, and did you discuss this in your meeting today?
PRESIDENT BUSH: We haven't discussed it yet. I suspect we will now that you brought it up. I would just -- I can tell you what I'll tell the Prime Minister, is that in cases where we're not able to extradite somebody who's dangerous, sometimes renditions take place. It's been a part of our government for quite a period of time -- not just my government, but previous administrations have done so in order to protect people. And as we do so, we protect the sovereign rights of nations that we're involved with.
Okay, thanks for the press conference. Enjoy yourselves. Get out of here. (Laughter.)