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Lithuania's Secret CIA Prison--"A Gitmo on the Baltic?"

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posted on Nov, 25 2011 @ 05:41 AM
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Amnesty International members and opposition protest in front of government headquarters in Vilnius to urge Lithuania to reopen a probe of claims that it hosted a secret US interrogation center for Al-Qaeda suspects.






The Baltic state of Lithuania is facing a lawsuit for hosting a secret CIA prison on its soil as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who claims he was detained and tortured there takes his case to The Hague.

­Abu Zubaydah has been in Washington’s hands for almost a decade. He is suspected of recruiting for al-Qaeda, but has never been formally charged. Like many other prisoners languishing in Guantanamo, he says crimes were committed against him during his interrogation by the CIA, as RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.

Zubaydah’s case is being looked after by the human rights group, Interrights. Its lawyer, Vesselina Vandova, says her client’s claims of CIA abuses are backed by a government paper trail.

“There is evidence from US government internal reports that Abu Zubaydah was tortured at the hands of the CIA,” she asserts.

“He was subjected to very cruel treatment, for example, to mock executions and waterboarding.”

Though he seems to have every reason to hold a grudge against Washington, Abu Zubaydah filed a rather surprising lawsuit from his prison cell – against Lithuania. He claims that in 2005, he was held in a secret CIA prison in the Baltic state.

According to Vandova, Lithuania bears responsibility for its role in facilitating the operation of this CIA program.


Source
Lithuania in the dock for role in CIA rendition program
Council of Europe digs for truth on CIA prisons


According to documents that these people have, including detailed conversations between intelligence forces and top politicians, they are certain the prison existed. This isn't the first time I've heard of secret prisons in European countries used by the CIA to "interrogate" suspects.

The article also states that Poland as well as Romania are also suspected of assisting the CIA in secret prisons and detention.

This sort of thing makes me sick to my stomach and I hope it does get brought before the Hague.

Thoughts?

~Keeper


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posted on Nov, 25 2011 @ 06:39 AM
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actually very smart of him to do .. easier to nail the accomplices to the crimes at this time than the main perpetraters of the crimes..

Though there isnt any way to truly compensate him for the living hell the bastards put him (and many others) through.. No way anyone could make up for that.. At least he is making an effort to handle it in a civilised manner as opposed to the barbaric methods his captors used..



posted on Nov, 25 2011 @ 06:42 AM
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Yes, it is nice to see that somebody who was put throught this kind of abuse is taking the proper way to seek retribution.

Too many of these people join violent causes if they are ever released, which just gives the CIA justification to do it again. Kudos to him.

~Keeper



posted on Nov, 25 2011 @ 06:56 AM
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very true..
it says a great deal about his character that he is able to rise above the level of his captors and handle it in a civilised manner.. few people in the world could do that.. most would be consumed with thoughts of revenge leaving them unable to function rationally and seeking violence in place of justice to redress the wrongs done...
If only more could learn world might be a better place..
Have to respect the mans courage in rising above it..



posted on Nov, 25 2011 @ 08:48 AM
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If only more people paid attention to this sort of thing. It's a sad thing when we allow our governments to re-write the Geneva Convention and prevent themselves for being accountable for their crimes.



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