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“Extraordinary Rendition”

2006/12/1

American Civil Liberties Union

The CIA is engaging in an unlawful practice – “extraordinary rendition”
– abducting foreign nationals for detention and interrogation in secret
overseas prisons. “Extraordinary rendition” must be stopped before more
innocent victims are targeted. Americans cannot tolerate kidnappings
and secret prisons.

Em Portugal esta prática é conhecida como a dos “aviões da CIA que sobrevoam espaço aéreo nacional ou aterram em aeroportos nacionais”.

Já a ela nos referimos em 11 de Fevereiro de 2005. A ACLU chama de novo a atenção para ela, ao patrocinar a acção El Masri v. Tenet (sim, o Director da CIA). Para saber do que trata, leia-se o artigo/apelo de Anthony D. Romero, Director Executivo da ACLU, intitulado “A story we should all know“, na última newsletter da organização:

“I have come to America seeking three things. An acknowledgement
that the United States government is responsible for kidnapping,
abusing and detaining me; an explanation as to why I was singled out
for this treatment; and an apology because I am an innocent man who
has never been charged with any crime.”

— Khaled El-Masri, a victim of extraordinary rendition

Dear Friend,

The case of our client Khaled El-Masri is one we should all be
watching carefully. Yesterday, he stood up in a courtroom to
challenge the Bush administration’s use of “extraordinary rendition,”
abduction, detention and interrogation in secret overseas prisons.

While it is a credit to our system of justice that Mr. El-Masri can
now demand accountability from his CIA kidnappers, all of us must ask,
how have we let our country stray so far from its ideals?

Mr. El-Masri’s story is a frightening catalogue of abuses. A father of
six, he was forcibly abducted in Macedonia while on vacation, handed
over to the CIA and flown to a secret interrogation center in
Afghanistan where he was beaten, drugged and repeatedly denied legal
counsel. After two months, CIA operatives informed director George
Tenet that they were holding an innocent man. But it still took two
more months before he was released – flown in secret to Albania
and left alone on a hillside in the middle of the night.

People need to hear his story, and the agencies and private
companies responsible must face real justice for their violations of
U.S. laws as well as universal human rights laws.

In a legal maneuver that is now familiar, the government is trying to
use the veil of secrecy to avoid accountability for its actions.
But yesterday, we argued that the government’s official
recognition of the program and information already available about
this case show that the lawsuit does not jeopardize national security
and must be allowed to continue.

Our government would rather you didn’t hear his story. The last
time Mr. El-Masri tried to come to the U.S. — to hear his own court
case — he was denied entry because he did not have a visa, even
though German citizens don’t actually need visas to enter the
U.S. This week, Mr. El-Masri witnessed his court proceedings and will
also be meeting in person with members of Congress to share his story.
As he told the Washington Post today, “I never thought badly of
the United States. I do think badly of the foreign policy aspects and
the sitting government.”

You can help.

*  Learn more about El-Masri v. Tenet.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=5kJS4M80lifBGTPQ742G4Q..

*  Watch Mr. El-Masri and his attorneys tell the story in their own
words.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=I08ACAVpUw-VBUhD8sKt9A..

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