Monday, December 10, 2007

CIA uses Jordan for torture of detainees

RINF.com, December 10, 2007

One of the countries that has been most frequently used by the CIA for torturing detainees is Jordan, a key US ally in the Middle East.

By Joe Kay

The revelation that the CIA organized the destruction of videotapes documenting the interrogation of prisoners at secret CIA detention facilities abroad has focused attention on one aspect of the US torture program. Another important component is the policy of “extraordinary rendition”—the transfer of prisoners to the control of other countries that specialize in torture.

One of the countries that has been most frequently used by the CIA in this way is Jordan, a key US ally in the Middle East. An article in the Washington Post published on Saturday (“Jordan’s Spy Agency: Holding Cell for the CIA” by Craig Whitlock) documents the close relationship that has developed over the past seven years.

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