2006/01/24

Will the EU take action over prisoner rendition?

It appears as though Condoleezza Rice and Bu$hCo are going to have to eat some more of their lies as evidence of prisoner rendition to CIA prisons mounts in Europe. Reuters reports that Dick Marty, the EU investigator, has reported on, "...a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of 'relocation' or 'outsourcing of torture'," to the Council of Europe. He estimates that over 100 people were involved in delivering detainees to prisons and concludes that European governments knew about the program.

But...more interesting than watching Scott McClellan try to lie his way out of this, will be whether or not Franco Frattini follows through with his threat to suspend the voting rights of EU member states that participated in the program.

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Looks like the poisoned vitriol aimed at the French will become the talking points memo for the GOP regarding the whole of the EU very soon. The W, Rove and Co know no limits - and they embarass the shit out of me. Unfortunately I can't near enough (a la Abramoff) to toss said shit back on to them.
I thought this was pretty interesting, too. Especially because I find it impossible to believe that alot of the intel services didn't know what was going on.

Mike
I thought this was pretty interesting, too. Especially because I find it impossible to believe that alot of the intel services didn't know what was going on.

The initial positions of the EU ministers was: "Our intelligence services acted without our knowledge," but Frattini put the kabosh on that pretty quick, threatening to retaliate against the member state's delegations directly rather than against the members themselves. So no sanctions, just loss of voting rights in the EU parliment.
I can't keep up with the kvatch post cycle...
Things are really getting fouled up. Do any of these European powers really believe that anyone is buying into the hear no evil see no evil bit? War is peace brother and don't you forget it.
This is certainly becoming very interesting. Thanks.

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