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2006-06-07 11:56:47

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 states colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorist suspects stretching from Central Asia to Guantanamo Bay, a European rights watchdog said in a report on Wednesday. Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's well-oiled system fell short of torture but amounted to a form of "legal and judicial apartheid" that could exacerbate Muslim anger and spawn new...

2006-06-07 08:23:21

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Deported on a chartered plane and never heard from again. Khaled Rashid's lawyers say his story mirrors that of other suspects believed to have disappeared into secret prisons as part of Washington's "war on terrorism." But Rashid vanished in South Africa, where the post-apartheid constitution provides some of the world's strongest human rights guarantees and officials deny that there was anything irregular about his case. Now Rashid's...

2006-06-07 06:20:27

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 states, mostly in Europe, colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects, a European rights watchdog said in a report released on Wednesday. Middle Eastern and Central Asian nations played a role in the network run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and European governments were aware or participated in the operation, the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said. "It is now...

2006-06-07 06:00:52

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 states, mostly in Europe, colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects, a European rights watchdog said in a report released on Wednesday. Middle Eastern and Central Asian nations played a role in the network run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and European governments were not unwitting victims of the operation, the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said. "It is now...

2006-06-07 04:05:28

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - Fourteen European countries colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects, a European rights watchdog said in a report released on Wednesday. European states played an active or passive role in the network run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and were not unwitting victims of the operation, the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said in the report on its Web site. "It is now clear --...

2006-06-07 02:52:20

PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, Poland and Romania were among 14 European states that colluded in some way with the CIA in operating secret prisons and transferring terrorism suspects for interrogation, a European rights watchdog said on Wednesday. European states played an active or passive role in operations run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and were not merely unwitting victims of the scheme, the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said in a report on its web...

2006-05-19 07:03:05

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA will consider taking his case to a higher court after a U.S. district judge dismissed it on national security grounds, his lawyer said on Friday. Judge T.S. Ellis, in a ruling on Thursday, agreed with U.S. government arguments that moving forward with Khaled el-Masri's case would risk national security by exposing state secrets about CIA activities vital to the...

2006-05-19 06:46:49

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-19 05:52:36

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-19 04:44:01

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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