On Tuesday, prisoner advocacy group Amnesty International suggested that the countries of the European Union cease participating in the Central Intelligence Agency’s “extraordinary rendition” program.
"Extraordinary rendition" refers to the CIA’s capture of “enemy combatants” and their subsequent transfer to one of the so-called “black site” secret prisons for questioning, where the detainees were often reportedly subjected to inhuman tactics to elicit responses from them.
"Black sites" is the name given to the officially unconfirmed network of secret prisons located throughout the world used by the CIA to imprison and interrogate individuals suspected of committing or conspiring to commit terrorist activities.
These facilities are built outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government and thus are not subject to American laws against torture.
At a hearing held by the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, representatives from Amnesty International encouraged EU member states to reveal the depth of their role in the capture and incarceration of CIA prisoners and then to employ every effort to disassociate themselves from the legally suspect activities altogether.
The reported purpose of the hearings is to establish a framework for understanding a report that will be issued by the European Parliament purported to contain details of the continent’s contribution to the rendition program. The investigation has lasted five years.
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