CIA director nominee John Brennan, who has been painted as a proponent of drone strikes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Can it be coincidental that two top stories in the media this morning involve key issues sure to be major topics in the Senate confirmation hearings for John Brennan as CIA director on Thursday, where he already faced (one hopes) some tough questioning?
First up: I haven’t had a chance to study this, so will just post a link and the opening of an e-mail to me from Open Society, the rights group, for now and return with more later. “The time has come for the US and its partner governments to own up to the truth and secure accountability for the abuses committed around the world as part of these CIA programs,” said Amrit Singh, senior legal officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative and author of the report. “The taint of torture and other abuses associated with these programs will continue to cling to the US and its collaborators as long as they hide behind a veil of secrecy and refuse to hold their officials accountable.”
Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.
More than ten years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.
See this New York Times story by Scott Shane, just posted. Includes bullshit defense by former CIA chief Michael Hayden that, hey, no one complained about the torture and rendition at the time. Pathetic and completely false.