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2005-12-13 12:30:00

By Timothy Heritage PARIS -- A month-old investigation has reinforced allegations the CIA ran a network of secret prisons in Europe, abducted prisoners and transferred them between countries, a European human rights investigator said on Tuesday. Swiss senator Dick Marty, who is looking into the scandal for the 46-nation Council of Europe human rights watchdog, criticized the United States for failing to come clean over the allegations. But he said his main mandate was to look into the actions...

2005-12-13 09:25:23

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - A European human rights watchdog criticized the United States on Tuesday for failing to come clean over allegations that the CIA ran a network of secret prisons in Europe. Dick Marty, who heads up a Council of Europe investigation into the scandal, added that European states faced accusations of a serious breach of their human rights obligations if they had cooperated with the underground network. Pressure has grown on Washington and European...

2005-12-12 20:41:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former top adviser to President George W. Bush on Iraq policy said on Monday there are instances when torture may be appropriate. Commenting on an issue that has roiled Washington and affected the U.S. image abroad, Robert Blackwill, who was deputy national security adviser during Bush's first term, said: "Of course torture should not be widespread and of course there should be extraordinarily stringent top-down requirements in this respect. But never? ... I...

2005-12-12 05:20:30

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has found no evidence that the government of U.S. President George W. Bush has been transporting terrorism suspects through UK airports, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Monday. Human rights groups accuse the CIA of running secret prisons in eastern Europe and covertly transporting detainees -- a practice known as "extraordinary rendition." They say incomunicado detention often leads to torture. But Straw said research of government records had found no...

2005-12-10 12:40:04

By Nathaniel Espino WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said on Saturday he would order an investigation into allegations that the CIA detained suspected terrorists at secret prisons in Poland. Analysts said Marcinkiewicz had little choice but to order the probe, but they expressed concern that Poland's reputation, and that of Marcinkiewicz's government, would suffer even if cleared of the allegations. On Friday, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza quoted Marc...

2005-12-10 08:36:41

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said on Saturday he will commission an investigation into allegations that the CIA detained suspected terrorists at secret prisons in Poland. "I will order an investigation at all possible locations, to determine whether there is any evidence at all that such events took place on our territory," Marcinkiewicz said in remarks carried on private television channel TVN 24. "This matter must finally be closed, because it...

2005-12-09 14:51:21

By Mark Trevelyan and Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Information Germany shared with the United States may have prompted the CIA to abduct a German citizen and fly him to Afghanistan for interrogation as a suspected terrorist, a newspaper reported on Friday. The report added to pressure on the government to reveal what officials may have known about the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who is suing the CIA for wrongful imprisonment after being held in an Afghan prison...

2005-12-09 14:01:48

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The Red Cross is pushing the United States to give it access to prisoners held in secret jails as part of the U.S. war on terror, it said on Friday. "We have said that undisclosed detention is a major concern for us," Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told a news conference. "We are already visiting very many detainees under U.S. authorities in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan ... We continue...

2005-12-09 13:05:56

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe until recently, an analyst of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch organization was quoted as telling a Polish newspaper. "Poland was the main base for CIA interrogations in Europe, while Romania played more of a role in the transfer of detained prisoners," analyst Marc Garlasco was quoted on Friday by Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza as saying in an interview. He said the allegations were based on...

2005-12-09 12:22:38

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe until recently, an analyst of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch organization was quoted as telling a Polish newspaper. Reports of the CIA operating secret jails in Poland and Romania as part of its war on terrorism have caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic and dogged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's European trip this week. Both countries deny hosting such facilities, and the...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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