“We’ve got to restrict freedom in order to save it”… what arrant nonsense…
Journalists from the American news agency Associated Press and the German TV outlet ARD visited a building in the northern part of the Romanian capital, Bucharest, which had housed one of the secret CIA prisons. People knew that it existed, but no one knew its exact location until now. The prison, code-named “Bright Lights”, according to unnamed former members of the US special services, housed suspected members of the international terrorist group Al Qaeda, including Sheikh Mohammed, a suspect accused of organising the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 in the USA. The prison became operational in autumn 2003, after the CIA decided to transfer prisoners from a secret facility in Poland to another location. In 2006, the Americans transferred the prisoners from Bucharest to the prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. The building also contains the Romanian office for transferring classified information from Romania to NATO and the EU.
During a November interview, Adrian Kamarasan, a senior Romanian bureaucrat, said that the basement office is one of the most secret facilities in Romania. However, he claimed that Americans never headed the prison. As a location for a secret facility, it was a perfect choice. The local residents knew that the government owned the building, but no one suspected that it contained a secret prison, RIA-Novosti reported. There were six prison cells in all. During their first month of imprisonment, the staff deprived the prisoners of sleep, doused them with water, and forced them to stand in uncomfortable positions. Then, they treated them better… doctors gave them checkups, and they received food prepared according to Islamic standards.
CIA secret prisons existed in several European countries, including Lithuania, Poland, Britain, and some other EU countries. The Americans took terrorism suspects by force to these locations, where they put them in prison, some were tortured, and others simply disappeared. International human rights organisations now accuse these countries of complicity with the CIA, as they allowed it to place prisons on their territory, as well as allowing overflights of CIA planes with alleged terrorist suspects, and allowed the CIA to use their airports to transport prisoners to other countries. Per the Associated Press, the CIA shut down all the secret prisons by May 2006. In 2009, US Attorney General Eric Holder demanded an investigation of the CIA’s activities. His rationale for asking such was that declassified data documented the conduct of CIA staffers during interrogations of suspected terrorists.
8 December 2011
Voice of Russia World Service
One reason why the Bushies rolled up the secret prisons was that the word was getting out about them in the host counties, and it was hurting the American lickspittles there. Indeed… Lithuania elected a leftist president! In the Ukraine, word of such leaked out and it damaged Yushchenko, perhaps, fatally. On top of all that, word leaked out to segments of the American media hostile to the Republican Party. That’s why the Bushies closed these prisons… not because they were opposed to them on principle, oh no (especially amoral filth like Senator DeMint).
The USA didn’t need to run secret torture facilities in World War II or the Cold War. It only “needed” to do so in the so-called “War on Terror”. If this doesn’t prove to you that George W Bush and Richard Cheney were cowardly and soulless brutes… nothing will. It proves the nihilistic amoral vacuity of the present GOP, and points up why all decent people must not only not vote for it, but also refuse to associate with its leadership or have anything to do with its spokesmen. Don’t be fooled by the GOP’s “anti-abortion” plank. Note well that it contains NONE of the social welfare provisions that His Holiness considers vital in a TRUE Pro-Life approach. Rick Perry calls himself Pro-Life… when he’s a hangman who’d make Judge Jeffreys blush with shame. There’s something HORRIDLY wrong with that picture.
Note to Russian Orthodox people:
Jonas Paffhausen (along with all the rest of the loud konvertsy) supports the Republican Anti-Life platform (he speaks in extremist forums and sucks up to far-right Mormons)… not the Seamless Garment Pro-Life agenda as put forth by His Holiness… what else can I say?