Spider’s Web

From Holden:

The Council of Europe documents a vast network of CIA black sites in Europe and the Middle East.

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 clear — although we are still far from having established the whole truth — that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities,” Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said.

“Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know,” he said in the conclusions of the 65-page report released on the body’s Web site.


Among the charges:-

* Poland and Romania ran secret detention centres

* Germany, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus and Azerbaijan were “staging points” for flights involving the unlawful transfer of detainees

* Ireland, Britain, Portugal, Greece and Italy were “stopovers” for flights involving the unlawful transfer of detainees

* Sweden, Bosnia, Britain, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Germany and Turkey handed over suspects

* Cairo, Amman, Islamabad, Rabat, Kabul, Guantanamo Bay, Tashkent, Algiers and Baghdad served as detainee transfer/drop-off points


Flight data provided in January and February from Eurocontrol helped uncover the web of flights, detention centres and stop-off points used in the U.S.-devised system.

Marty said 10 cases involving 17 individuals had come to light but many of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states had been reluctant to provide information. More cases could follow.

EU investigators said last month they believed 30 to 50 people had been handed over to countries where they might face torture by the United States since the September 11, 2001, attacks.