A German citizen was "tortured and sodomized" by CIA agents while secretly detained as a terror suspect, according to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, reported in the UK Guardian.
The CIA imprisoned Khaled el-Masri for three weeks in Macedonia and four weeks in Afghanistan during 2004. They then released him back into Germany after admitting he had been wrongly detained.
The European court described the CIA's treatment as torture – the first time they've applied that term to the agency's activities. The ruling found Macedonia guilty of violating el-Masri's human rights for allowing him to be detained and tortured in their jurisdiction, and ordered the nation to pay him $80,000 compensation.
The UN's "special rapporteur" on human rights and counter-terrorism has called on the US government to apologize and voluntarily pay compensation to Mr. el-Masri.
@woodtick57 You really do trust what the CIA says don't you... I don't even do that!
If the US Govt is going to offer this man compensation or open themselves up to a lawsuit Justice Dept needs to conduct an investigation beyond CIA's admission. It's a liability and international law issue. State Dept will be involved too. Dot the i's cross the T's and all that.
Put the cia agents on trial. This is the very type of crime Nazis were found guilty of at Nuremberg. That is how this should be looked at by the international community, and they should not let the u.s. get away with it.
@PoliticalSpice That won't happen. Because to do what we did with the Nazi's means that those who approved the CIA torturing would be put on trial and you and I both know Dick Cheney and GW Bush will never be put on trial.
I only said no because this might be some rouge agent actions. BUT, the CIA (like any other "police" type agency) has to learn to fix itself. Allowing these type situations only puts a bad spotlight on the agency, which is not what they want.(like running guns into Mexico...idiots)
If a police officer mistreats a citizen against policy and standards of the department the department is still legally responsible. If a corporate employee causes harm to a customer while ignoring corporate policy the corporation is held responsible. Why should the CIA be any different?
I am glad to see this in the news again. What happened is horrific and an embarrassment to this country. We should apologize and pay up. Then there needs to be an investigation. Who ordered this? Why? Is this still happening?
Apologize? Not only that, those involved should be arrested and put on trial for kidnapping and assault and battery. The u.s. now officially promotes the very activities american and other judges found nazis guilty for at nuremberg. Absolutely disgusting.
Yes, and they should also compensate him for the crimes they committed against him....And then hope and pray that the agents who did this are not then arrested and sent overseas to some international court for trial......Americans don't torture people...and the CIA clowns (and their bosses who ordered this) need to be held accountable!
How about FUCK NO!!!! The European Court of Human Rights is a bit sketchy to me.... We're not allowed to be a member because we're not in Europe. The list of "Member States" tells all, a bunch of piss ant countries not big enough to be a "Battleground State" makes up the majority of their roster.
The recognized their relatively low impact in the useless UN and decided to start their own league.
Their entire point is to pressure powerful countries to kneel before them in deference to their newly minted power. Personally I would just relieve myself in the corner of their great hall and call it a day.
Key words,TERROR SUSPECT!! enemies of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA deserve no mercy. Stop them at all cost before they hurt or kill any innocent Americans; end of story! The war on terrorism has more collateral damage than conventional war. There should be no apologies!!! JACK JACKAL, U.S.M.C.
The CIA shouldn't even be an agency and is just another example of militaristic overreach, along w/ just about everything post 9/11. It goes back to Truman and Ike, dropping the bomb after Japan's surrender, the red scare, 'communists', turning Russia into an enemy to push more weapon building, etc... All to keep the American public scared so that they can justify taking our rights away and spending gross amounts of money on the war machine. 70 years later and nothing has changed.