2006/06/07

What Rendition May Mean For Europe

The verdict from Dick Marty, EU Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee chairman, is in, and it is damning. The Committee has found -
...that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities. Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know.
The UK is singled out for special condemnation and stands accused of, "...not only allowing the use of British airspace and airports, but of providing information that was used during the torture of one suspect." Spain, Turkey, Germany and Cyprus are accused of providing staging posts for rendition operations. Sweden, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Italy allowed abductions to occur from their own countries.

And just in case the implications of collaborating with the US on prisoner rendition aren't sufficiently clear, Mr. Marty concludes with the following -
This legal approach is utterly alien to the European tradition and sensibility, and is clearly contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
So now the question is whether or not Franco Frattini, EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner, will follow through on his threat to suspend the voting rights of member states accused of violating the European Convention on Human Rights.

Wouldn't that be something?

14 Comments:

Now that WOULD be something!
Thanks froggy. I posted the news story, I'll send them to you for the deal with it.
Good point.
I hope there are consequences to their actions. If there aren’t, then what is to prevent these countries from doing this again?

It’s amazing to me how quickly civil liberties can be dismissed when fear rules.
Elsa, well if Frattini follows through with his threat the consequences will be quite dire. He's stated that his committee will lift the voting rights of the member state's delegations to the EU Parliament, and since this is a retaliation against the delegations and not against the countries themselves, most European pundits have stated that there isn't a damn thing the member states can do about it.
I'd like to think he'd follow through with his threat, but my gut tells me the consequences won't amount to anything more than a tongue-lashing and maybe a stern letter.
So in the end, everyone caves into power...

Seems like the WW2 lessons are slowly getting nice and forgotten...
He will follow through same as the Shrub did in regards to the Plame leak..you can bet your cute lil frog behind on that one :p
Dusty, Abi...Interestingly when Frattini first made this threat, he phrased as if the suspension would be automatic, no vote nor involvement from his committee at all.

Guess we'll see.
If I have been rendered, would that include some kind of rendition? Do all these folks work for Pixar and subscribe to the Render Man software that brought us the newest flick to hit the big screen. I know this comment is off topic, but I'm feeling a bit off topic today.
I never thought I would see the day when Europe valued freedom, liberty, and justice more than the United States.
I know this comment is off topic, but I'm feeling a bit off topic today.

Considering how badly Blogger got smote by the Almighty today, I'm not feeling on much of any topic.

PoliS, well I'm hoping for the Europeans to do some major smiting of those member states. Gonna see just how much they really do value liberty.
I'll believe they'll do something after they've done it.

I ain't holdin' my breath...
It will be interesting to see what happens. Also doesn't look good for new member Poland or soon to be member Romania--looks like they helped with maintaining secret prisons.
Sothis, I noticed that Turkey was also mentioned in Marty's report, and they're not even a "soon to be member"--candidate stage right? Do you think that this will slow up Romania's entry or put Turkey back on the slow path?

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