ACLU sues Tenet and others for Torture

  1. WASHINGTON (AP) -- A German man filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming he was held captive and tortured by U.S. government agents after being mistakenly identified as an associate of the September 11 hijackers.

    The suit alleges that Tenet and other CIA officials violated U.S. and human rights laws when they authorized agents to kidnap El-Masri, and that his unlawful abduction and treatment were the direct result of an illegal CIA policy known as "extraordinary rendition."

    El-Masri tried to come to the US for the news conference, but was turned back by immigration officials. He is still listed on terrorist watch lists.

    "Kidnapping a foreign national for the purpose of detaining and interrogating him outside the law is contrary to American values," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "Our government has acted as if it is above the law. We go to court today to reaffirm that the rule of law is central to our identity as a nation."

    "The CIA's policy of extraordinary rendition is a clear violation of universal human rights protections," said Steven Watt, the ACLU's primary human rights advisor on the case. "Snatching Mr. El-Masri off the street and hiding him away in a secret prison was illegal under American and international law. Keeping him imprisoned after his innocence was established was immoral by any standard."

    This just begs the question, "Why does the ACLU hate America?"
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    I have found it interesting to see how little attention this type of thing has gotten. There have been reports of our prisonners being tortured to death (we aren't talking about ladies panties on their heads anymore), but they receive little attention. I don't think we really want to know what's going on.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think you are right Fergus. It would mean we would have to become enraged and *GASP* maybe even do something about all this.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    America can't take it anymore
    The Bush administration has embraced torture as a key part of the "war on terror." Finally, members of Congress, the military and the CIA are speaking out against the abuse.

    I think a lot of the torture is by contractors. Why were soldiers put on trial but not those being paid a LOT from our tax money?

    I have written to my representative and senators asking support of the Mc Cain ammendment NOT some sorry watered down version.

    ..."In October, the Senate passed the McCain amendment with overwhelming bipartisan support. It would impose uniform standards for interrogation on both the military and CIA, adhering to the Geneva Conventions' ban on torture and other "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of prisoners. As the amendment makes it way to the House, the Bush administration is fighting it every step of the way. Cheney is wielding his influence on both Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon, seeking to water down language in the McCain amendment and exempt the CIA from new guidelines."...
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I think you are right Fergus. It would mean we would have to become enraged and *GASP* maybe even do something about all this.
    We all use denial. I like the AA prayer. It is sometimes hard to "Know the Difference" between what you can change and what you cannot.

    Yesterday there was a congressional vote, The turn out was very low.

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  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    So sad this even has to be an issue, if you ask me, Spacenurse.