Fri Aug 1, 1:38 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States imprisoned and interrogated one or more terrorism suspects at the British Indian Ocean island of in 2002 and possibly 2003, a former senior U.S. official has told Time magazine.
"The official, a frequent participant in after September 11 who has since left government, says a CIA counter-terrorism official twice said that a high-value prisoner or prisoners were being held and interrogated on the island," the magazine reported.
The Pentagon repeated earlier denials of U.S. military interrogations at the island. "There were no DOD detainees or interrogations there," Jeffrey Gordon, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, said on Friday.
Washington has admitted to staging "renditions," in which suspects in President George W. Bush's war against terrorism have been captured in one country and flown to another for interrogation.
Time said the identity of the prisoners was not made clear.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Vicki Allen)
Extraordinary rendition and irregular rendition are terms used to describe the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another, and the term "torture by proxy" is used by some critics to describe situations in which the U.S. has purportedly transferred suspected terrorists to countries known to employ harsh interrogation techniques that may rise to the level of torture. It has been alleged that torture has been employed with the knowledge or acquiescence of the United States, although United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated in an April 2006 radio interview that the United States does not transfer people to places where it is known they will be tortured.
The above map:
Blue: Detainees have allegedly been transported from these countries.
Red: Detainees have allegedly been transported to these countries.
Black: The United States and so-called "black sites" which are suspected of holding, imprisoning and torturing detainees.
Bush won't stop this insane party he calls the War on Terror. Will anyone? Meanwhile, articles like the above keep going out to foreign press. We're feared because of them and because Condaleeza Rice is too incompetent to allay other countries' fears.
And I ask: after January 20th, 2009, will anyone be held accountable?
Just a thought.