Friday, December 18, 2009

CIA working with Palestinian security agents

US agency co-operating with Palestinian counterparts who allegedly torture Hamas supporters in West Bank

Ian Cobain in Ramallah, The Guardian/UK, Dec 17, 2009

Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a protest in the West Bank.Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank. Photograph: Fadi Arouri/Reuters

Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of the Islamist organisation Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian has learned.

Less than a year after Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibited torture and provided for the lawful interrogation of detainees in US custody, evidence is emerging the CIA is co-operating with security agents whose continuing use of torture has been widely documented by human rights groups.

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