Friday, September 14, 2012

CIA black sites, Five years on

Five years on, EU again calls for states to disclose CIA black sites in Europe
12 September, 2012 - EU member-states – particularly Lithuania, Poland and Romania – must reveal their alleged participation in the CIA’s secret rendition program, the European Parliament said. But without an enforcement clause, there is little reason for them to do so.

­A resolution by EU parliamentarians singled out the three countries and their suspected cooperation with a dark and clandestine part of America’s War on Terror. The measure stated that “only genuine national security grounds can justify secrecy,” calling on the nations to investigate the matter and remove any obstacles to the probes.

All three countries previously tried to expose the delicate subject of CIA black sites on their territory, which were first officially recognized by the US in 2006. So far, all efforts at disclosure have stalled, and no officials have been charged for facilitating the CIA’s actions on European territory.

The resolution is based on a new report co-authored by Helene Flautre of the French Greens and UK Liberal Democrat Sarah Ludford. It was adopted in Strasbourg on Monday by 568 votes to 34, with 77 abstentions. The non-binding nature of the resolution means that national governments may choose to ignore it. read more>>>

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