More on CIA torture flights

The flights are run by the highly secret CIA Counter Terrorist Intelligence Centre, CTIC, at Langley.

“If a strong psychological interrogation with some physical force is required, a detainee is flown to Jordan. If a suspect is to be interrogated in between periods of strong physical force, he is sent to Egypt. For the most severe of torture for information, he is sent to Uzbekistan where he is killed after he can reveal no more”, a senior Mossad officer said.

Craig Murray, when British ambassador to Uzbekistan, wrote in a memo to Jack Straw, Britain’s Foreign Secretary in November 2004: “The CIA chief in this country acknowledged to me that torture of those rendered includes the boiling in vats of prisoners”.

Those at CIA responsible for these atrocities should be in prison. And maybe one day they will be.

  • torture of those rendered includes the boiling in vats of prisoners

    To make the obvious sick joke, I guess this is why they call it “rendering.” “Sick fuckers” doesn’t begin to describe these people, and by “these people” I’m referring to a lot more than the Uzbeks.

  • kerry

    I just read an interesting book on this topic called American Methods. It details the United States long history of torture and abuse. More info below:

    Closing Gitmo is only the start. Find out why in American Methods

    Available From South End Press

    American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination
    by Kristian Williams

    The US “should cease to detain any person at Guantánamo Bay and close
    this detention facility,” proclaimed the United Nations Committee Against

    The call to close Guantánamo Bay is important, but to view Gitmo as a bad
    apple is to ignore the rest of the report, which is deeply critical of the US
    relationship with torture.

    The committee also:

    * said that the US should end interrogation techniques “including
    methods involving sexual humiliation, ‘water boarding,’ ‘short shackling’
    and using dogs to induce fear”
    * questioned the lack of prosecution of those involved in the Chicago
    Police Area 2 and 3 torture “scandals”
    * challenged the use of prolonged isolation in SuperMax prisons.

    The fact that the report called into question practices in military detention
    camps, US prisons, and US police stations comes as no surprise to Kristian
    Williams, author of *American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination*.

    “The UN report, damning as it is, really just hits the largest targets—the
    most widespread practices, the most well-documented cases. What I
    found in the course of my research is that the sort of abuse the UN
    condemns aren’t just add-ons. They’re characteristic of the operations of
    American power, whether at the hands of law enforcement within our
    borders or of soldiers overseas.”

    It is this everday quality of state violence that launches Kristian Williams’s
    extensively researched and annotated new book *American Methods*. And
    Williams’s rigerous audit of the US record in underwriting human rights
    violations around the globe–at home and abroad–doesn’t stop at what,
    but explores why. What emerges is the distinct character of American
    torture, particularly its emphasis on sexual violence, misogyny, and
    racialized spectacle.

    “Torture is nothing new for the US. My book looks at the past 25 years,
    but it would clearly be possible to trace it further back, all the way to the
    Colonial period. One thing that really stands out if you examine the
    country’s record is the use of sexual violence as a model and method of
    maintaining state power. The UN report also highlights the sexual aspect of
    torture, but the report’s questions are mainly, ‘What abuses are occurring?’
    and ‘Do they violate the Convention Against Torture?,’ whereas I was also
    asking, ‘What does torture say about our society?’ and ‘What does it show
    us about the nature of state power?'”

    * * *
    Support Independent Media and get American Methods at 25% off the
    cover price when you get it online from the South End Press website
    through June 30th. (
    * * *

    Kristian Williams’s writings have appeared in CounterPunch, Columbia
    Journalism Review, and We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global
    Anti-Capitalism (2003). A member of Rose City Copwatch in Portland,
    Oregon, Williams also authored Our Enemies in Blue (2004).
    read. write. revolt.

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