Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

By engaging in torture and other abuses associated with the CIA's post-9/11 secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations, the U.S. government violated domestic and international law, thereby diminishing its moral standing and eroding support for its counterterrorism efforts worldwide, a report from the argues. The report, (216 pages, PDF), details the treatment of 136 individuals reportedly subjected to detention and rendition, and lists 54 governments that reportedly participated in those operations. To date, only Italy has convicted officials for involvement in rendition operations, the report notes, and only Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have issued compensation to victims. The report calls on the U.S. government to, among other things, disclose information about human rights violations associated with CIA detention and rendition operations, conduct an effective and thorough criminal investigation, and create an independent, nonpartisan board to review compensation claims and provide just compensation to all individuals subjected to human rights abuses as a result of the program.