LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Reports indicate that the CIA used what could be described as a ‘lying curtain’ to conceal from the world their interrogation and extrajudicial abductions of suspected al-Qaida militants in secret prisons in Poland and Romania.
The Agency enlisted top officials in those countries to create and conceal the facilities, a European intergovernmental agency alleged yesterday.
Current and former intelligence officials in Europe and the United States told the Council of Europe that the interrogation facilities were hubs of a global anti-terror campaign that used torture, clandestine flights and extrajudicial abductions known as extraordinary rendition, according to a report by the council, which is based in Strasbourg, France, the LA Times reported.
Although many of the allegations have been made by human rights groups, former prisoners and the news media, the report provided new details about how America’s Polish and Romanian allies allegedly set up heavily fortified, top-secret outposts where U.S. agents subjected “high-value” prisoners to abusive interrogations between 2003 and 2005.
“Poland and Romania agreed to provide the premises in which these facilities were established, the highest degrees of physical security and secrecy and steadfast guarantees of noninterference,” said Dick Marty, a Swiss senator leading the probe.