27 de febrero de 2009

Obama 12

Director de CIA respalda ataques de Pakistán y entrega de prisioneros

Mientras tanto, Panetta reiteró el compromiso de la administración Obama de continuar con varias políticas propias de la administración Bush en la denominada “guerra contra el terrorismo”. El Director de la CIA dijo a los periodistas que Estados Unidos continuará con sus polémicos ataques de aviones no tripulados contra Pakistán, ataques en los que ya han muerto cientos de civiles. También dijo que Estados Unidos continuará con la práctica de la denominada “rendición”, que consiste en el secuestro y envío de sospechosos extranjeros a otros países. Y agregó que, si bien los interrogadores deberán observar las pautas del Manual de Campo del Ejército, el presidente Obama puede usar sus poderes de tiempos de guerra para aprobar técnicas más severas.

CIA Director Backs Pakistan Attacks, Rendition

Meanwhile, Panetta reiterated the Obama administration’s commitment to continue several Bush administration policies in the so-called war on terror. Panetta told reporters the US will continue controversial drone attacks in Pakistan that have killed hundreds of civilians. He also said the US will continue to practice “rendition”—the kidnapping and sending of foreign suspects to other countries. And he said that while interrogators will have to abide by the Army Field Manual, President Obama can still approve harsher techniques using wartime powers.

Palestinians Appeal for Global Opposition to Israeli Settlements

In Israel and the Occupied Territories, Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank are appealing for international pressure to halt ever-expanding Israeli settlements. On Tuesday, the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority led foreign diplomats on a tour of Palestinian areas carved up by settlement activity. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the settlements are destroying what slim chances remain for a peaceful two-state solution.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: “This is a project entitled ‘E1,’ which, if seen through, will destroy the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state in the occupied Palestinian territory. It will separate the northern West Bank from southern West Bank and will completely isolate Jerusalem from the West Bank.”

The Obama administration has yet to voice any public opposition to the expanding Israeli settlements.

26 de febrero de 2009

Amnesty International: Gaza white phosphorus shells were US made

White phosphorus bombs used by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip were produced and supplied by American arms manufacturers, according to an Amnesty International report that called for a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel.
Donatella Rovera, who headed the Amnesty fact-finding mission, said that the group had systematically collected and catalogued shells across Gaza, and traced serial numbers back to factory production lines in the US.
"All of the evidence points to the failure of America to exercise due oversight of what they sell to Israel, which is in breach of their own laws... which require that weapons will not be sold to a country where they will be misused. And the manner in which these weapons were used in Gaza is a war crime."
The human rights group said that weapons experts in Gaza found white phosphorus artillery shells marked M825 A1 – a US-made munition – throughout the coastal strip. The Times published photographic evidence that Israel was using the M825 A1 shells on January 8. At that time, Israeli military spokesmen denied that the weapon was being used, saying: "This is what we call a quiet shell – it has no explosives and no white phosphorus".
After the Gaza conflict, Israel acknowledged using white phosphorus in a manner "according to international law". Israeli media reported that the military was investigating the incident on January 15, when several white phosphorus artillery shells hit a UN headquarters in Gaza City, destroying tens of tons of humanitarian aid. Amnesty said that they had found shells with the marking PB-91K018-035, a lot number which indicates that they were assembled by Pine Bluff Arsenal (PB) in October 1991.

Obama 11

Obama continúa con postura de Bush al oponerse a la publicación de correos electrónicos de la Casa Blanca
El gobierno de Obama nuevamente se alineó con el Presidente George W. Bush respecto a un caso que involucra secretos de Estado. La Casa Blanca continuó con la postura de Bush en lo que refiere a intentar desechar una demanda presentada por personas que fueron detenidas por la CIA y a evitar que un tribunal federal revea el programa de espionaje sin órdenes judiciales del gobierno de Bush. Ahora también se niega a revertir la postura del gobierno de rechazar una demanda para acceder a millones de mensajes de correo electrónico de la Casa Blanca que desaparecieron durante los dos períodos de Bush en el poder. Los grupos Ciudadanos por la Responsabilidad y la Ética en Washington y el Archivo de Seguridad Nacional quieren que estos mensajes se hagan públicos.

Obama Mirrors Bush in Opposing Release of White House Emails

The Obama administration has again sided with former President George W. Bush on a case involving government secrecy. The White House has already continued Bush stance’s on seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by former CIA detainees and to prevent a federal court from reviewing the Bush administration’s warrantless spying program. Now it’s refusing to reverse the government position on opposing a suit seeking access to millions of missing White House emails over Bush’s two terms in office. The groups Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive want the emails publicly released.

Obama 10

Obama Backs Bush Policy on Bagram Detainees
The Obama administration has embraced another key argument of former President Bush’s counterterrorism policy. In a court filing on Friday, the Justice Department told a federal judge that prisoners held at the US Air Force base at Bagram in Afghanistan have no legal rights to challenge their imprisonment. Human rights groups say they are becoming increasingly concerned that the use of extra-judicial methods in Afghanistan could be extended under the new US administration. Bagram Air Base is about to undergo a $60 million expansion to provide enough space to house five times as many prisoners as remain at Guantanamo.

Obama respalda política de Bush sobre detenidos en Bagram
La administración Obama se hizo eco de otro argumento clave de la política contra el terrorismo del ex presidente Bush. En una comparecencia ante un tribunal el viernes, el Departamento de Justicia sostuvo ante un juez federal que los prisioneros retenidos en la base aérea estadounidense de Bagram, Afganistán, no tienen el derecho legal de impugnar su encarcelamiento. Los grupos de defensa de los derechos humanos están cada vez más preocupados por la posibilidad de que la utilización de métodos extrajudiciales en Afganistán se extienda bajo la nueva administración estadounidense. En la base aérea de Bagram se realizarán ampliaciones por valor de 60 millones de dólares con el propósito de disponer del espacio suficiente para albergar cinco veces más prisioneros que los que actualmente se encuentran en Guantánamo.

Israel blocks pasta shipment to Gaza, and tensions boil

For more than seven weeks, the international aid group Mercy Corps has been trying to send 90 tons of macaroni to the isolated Gaza Strip as part of a global campaign to help the 1.4 million Palestinians there rebuild their lives after Israel's recent devastating 22-day military operation.
Israel, which controls most of what goes into and out of Gaza, has said no repeatedly.

22 de febrero de 2009

Israeli murder justifications

How does Israel explain the executions, the shooting of Palestinians point blank in cold blood? How does it justify Israeli soldiers shooting Kassab Shurrab with five bullets across the chest as he came out of his car with his hands to his side, especially as one of the Palestinian hostages sitting blindfolded by the soldiers heard the commander tell the soldier in Hebrew to shoot the civilians that were driving down the road. What about the two daughters of Khaled Abed Rabbo, Amal, age 2, and Suaad, age 7, murdered by an Israeli soldier using a semi automatic rifle before their father 's eyes as the other Israeli soldiers ate chips and chocolate? Let us not forget about Sameer Rashid Mohammad Mohammad, a 43 year old UNRWA worker, who was separated from his family by Israeli soldiers and taken to a separate room and shot in the chest? For four days after killing Sameer, Israeli soldiers held his family hostage and would make the family prepare the murdered Sameer food. Only when the Israeli soldiers left their home, did Sameer's children see that their father was executed and by their father's dead and bleeding body were piles of food. How about Farah al-Halo, 1.5 years of age, who was shot in the stomach when her family was forced to evacuate from their home at 6:30 PM by Israeli soldiers who assured them of their safety? Only 50 meters down the road they were shot at by other Israeli soldiers. Farah, with her intestines spilling from her stomach, died on the side of the road a few hours later as the same soldiers that had assured their safety watched. (more in http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/justifyinggaza.php)


Statements from Beverly Eckert - the 911 widow who died in the suspicious plane crash in Buffalo NY - about why she refused a payoff from the 911 fund and why she chose to sue:
I've chosen to go to court rather than accept a payoff from the 9/11 victims compensation fund. Instead, I want to know what went so wrong with our intelligence and security systems that a band of religious fanatics was able to turn four U.S passenger jets into an enemy force, attack our cities and kill 3,000 civilians with terrifying ease. I want to know why two 110-story skyscrapers collapsed in less than two hours and why escape and rescue options were so limited.
I am suing because unlike other investigative avenues, including congressional hearings and the 9/11 commission, my lawsuit requires all testimony be given under oath and fully uses powers to compel evidence.

Obama 9

The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.
In a two-sentence court filing, the Justice Department said it agreed that detainees at Bagram Airfield cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys.

19 de febrero de 2009

Obama 8

Obama dispone envío de 17.000 soldados a Afganistán
En la decisión militar más importante adoptada hasta el momento, el presidente Obama ordenó el envío de 17.000 soldados estadounidenses más a Afganistán. La decisión da cumplimiento a una promesa de la campaña electoral de aumentar la ocupación estadounidense. Los nuevos despliegues tendrán lugar en mayo y aumentarán las fuerzas de ocupación de Estados Unidos a 55.000 efectivos, lo que significa un aumento del 50. Además, hay 32.000 soldados no estadounidenses de la OTAN en Afganistán. La noticia sale a luz en momentos en que las Naciones Unidas informaron que las víctimas civiles afganas aumentaron casi un 40 en el último año. Las fuerzas lideradas por Estados Unidos fueron las causantes de casi el 40% de esas muertes, ya que asesinaron a 828 de las 2.100 bajas denunciadas.

Obama Orders 17,000 Troops to Afghanistan
In his most significant military decision to date, President Obama has ordered an additional 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan. The move fulfills a campaign pledge to increase the size of the US occupation. The new deployments will take effect in May, increasing the US occupation force to 55,000—a 50 percent rise. Another 32,000 non-US NATO troops are also in Afghanistan. The news came as the UN said Afghan civilian casualties jumped by nearly 40 percent last year. US-led forces were responsible for nearly 40 percent of the deaths, killing 828 people out of a reported 2,100 casualties.

17 de febrero de 2009

Israel Seizes 425 Acres in West Bank for New Settlement Homes
Israel has seized 425 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in order to build 2,500 new homes as part of a major expansion of the Efrat settlement. This settlement is particularly sensitive given that it would help complete a ring of hilltop settlements in Efrat that threaten to cut Arab East Jerusalem off from the West Bank and undermine prospects that East Jerusalem could serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Israel toma 170 hectáreas de Cisjordania para construir nuevas viviendas

Israel tomó 170 hectáreas de tierra palestina en el territorio ocupado de Cisjordania para construir 2.500 nuevas viviendas como parte de una gran expansión del asentamiento de Efrat. Este asentamiento es particularmente conflictivo dado que ayudaría a completar una serie de asentamientos en la cima de Efrat que amenazan con separar la región árabe de Jerusalén Oriental de Cisjordania y socavar la posibilidad de que Jerusalén Oriental pueda convertirse en la capital de un Estado palestino.
US Drone Attacks Kill 61 in Pakistan
A pair of US missile strikes over the past three days have killed sixty-one people in Pakistan. On Saturday, a remote-controlled US drone bombed three compounds in South Waziristan, killing thirty. Earlier today, another US drone struck the Kumman tribal region, killing thirty-one people. The US has now struck Pakistan at least three times since President Obama took office.

Sen. Feinstein: US Using Pakistani Base for Drone Attacks
The attacks come days after Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, became the first US politician to publicly state that the US is using a Pakistani base to carry out the strikes. During a congressional hearing, Feinstein said, “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.” Until now, the Pakistani government has attempted to distance itself from the US air strikes.

Ataques con aviones no tripulados estadounidenses matan a 61 personas en Pakistán
Dos ataques con misiles estadounidenses que tuvieron lugar durante los últimos tres días provocaron la muerte de 61 personas en Pakistán. El sábado, un avión no tripulado manejado por control remoto de Estados Unidos bombardeó tres recintos en Waziristán del Sur y causó la muerte de 30 personas. Hoy temprano, otro avión no tripulado estadounidense atacó la región tribal de Kumman y mató a 31 personas. Estados Unidos ha atacado Pakistán al menos tres veces desde que el Presidente Obama asumió el poder.

Senadora Feinstein: Estados Unidos está utilizando base pakistaní para ataques con aviones no tripulados
Estos ataques tuvieron lugar días después de que la Senadora Dianne Feinstein, Presidenta del Comité de Inteligencia del Senado, se convirtió en la primera política estadounidense en declarar públicamente que Estados Unidos está utilizando una base pakistaní para llevar a cabo los ataques. Durante una audiencia del Congreso, Feinstein dijo: “Según entiendo, salen de una base pakistaní”. Hasta el momento, el gobierno pakistaní había intentado distanciarse de los ataques aéreos estadounidenses.

10 de febrero de 2009

Obama 7

Obama's Justice Department backs Bush secrecy on renditions suit
ACLU 'shocked and deeply disappointed'
An attorney for President Obama's Department of Justice has told the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it supports the Bush administration's controversial state secrets defense in a lawsuit over the prior president's "extraordinary rendition" program.
"The case involves five men who claim to have been victims of extraordinary rendition -- including current Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed, another plaintiff in jail in Egypt, one in jail in Morocco, and two now free," reports ABC News. "They sued a San Jose Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan, accusing the flight-planning company of aiding the CIA in flying them to other countries and secret CIA camps where they were tortured."
"Under the Bush administration, the U.S. government used false claims of national security to dodge judicial scrutiny of extraordinary rendition," Ben Wizner, an ACLU staff attorney, said in a Monday media advisory. "This case presents the first test of the Obama administration's dedication to transparency and willingness to act on its condemnation of torture and rendition. The administration should unequivocally reject the Bush administration's abuse of the state secrets privilege and permit this case to go forward. Victims of extraordinary rendition deserve their day in court."
Gitmo Detainee’s ‘Genitals Were Sliced With A Scalpel,’ Waterboarding ‘Far Down The List Of Things They Did’»
binyamweb2.jpgLast week, two British High Court judges ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The judges said the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.”
But The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend that the documents actually “contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to [Mohamed’s] captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured.” In fact, it was British officials, not the Americans, who pressured Foreign Secretary David Miliband “to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution.” According to the Telegraph’s sources, the documents describe particularly gruesome interrogation tactics:
The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, “is very far down the list of things they did,” the official said.
Another source familiar with the case said: “British intelligence officers knew about the torture and didn’t do anything about it.”
“It is very clear who stands to be embarrassed by this and who is being protected by this secrecy. It is not the Americans, it is Labour ministers,” former shadow home secretary David Davis said. But one unnamed U.S. House Judiciary Committee member told the Telegraph that if President Obama “doesn’t act we could hold a hearing or write to subpoena the documents. We need to know what’s in those documents.”
Mohamed remains at Guantanamo Bay and “is currently on hunger strike.” “All terror charges against him were dropped last year,” the Telegraph reported.

9 de febrero de 2009

Israel Deports Passengers After Reportedly Attacking Gaza Aid Ship
In Israel and the Occupied Territories, the Israeli government has deported ten passengers aboard a Lebanese ship trying to deliver aid supplies to the Gaza Strip. The ship’s owner, Mohammed Yousseff, said Israeli forces opened fire on the passengers and assaulted them after coming aboard.
Mohammed Yousseff: “We contacted the ship, and we’ve been told by the captain what happened, that it was stopped by Israelis, and it was fired upon, and soldiers boarded the ship and attacked the captain, passengers and crew. I appeal to the United Nations and the European countries to protect the people on board the ship and the ship and also to send all the aid supplies on the ship to the people in Gaza. And we are calling on the people to help the Palestinians get rid of this blockade."
Another eighteen passengers are believed to still remain in Israeli custody. The Brotherhood ship was carrying sixty tons of supplies, including medical aid, food and books.

Israel deporta a pasajeros tras presuntamente atacar una embarcación con ayuda para Gaza
En Israel y los Territorios Ocupados, el gobierno israelí deportó a diez pasajeros que viajaban a bordo de una embarcación libanesa que intentaba suministrar provisiones de ayuda a la Franja de Gaza. El dueño de la embarcación, Mohammed Yousseff, dijo que las fuerzas israelíes abrieron fuego contra los pasajeros y los atacaron tras subir a bordo.
Mohammed Yousseff dijo: “Nos pusimos en contacto con la embarcación y el capitán nos dijo lo que sucedió. Que los israelíes detuvieron la embarcación y luego abrieron fuego contra la misma, y los soldados subieron a bordo y atacaron al capitán, a los pasajeros y a la tripulación. Le pido a las Naciones Unidas y a los países Europeos que protejan a las personas a bordo de la embarcación y al barco, y que envíen las provisiones que se encuentran en el barco a los habitantes de Gaza, y le pedimos a las personas que ayuden a los palestinos a librarse de este bloqueo”.
Se cree que otros 18 pasajeros siguen en custodia de Israel. El barco Brotherhood transportaba sesenta toneladas de provisiones, que incluían insumos médicos, alimentos y libros.

5 de febrero de 2009

Report: Israel Fires on, Storms Lebanese Aid Ship

The Al Jazeera news network is reporting Israeli forces have fired on a Lebanese aid ship off the coast of Gaza. Witnesses say Israeli troops then stormed the boat, beat passengers and destroyed communication equipment. The boat is carrying more than sixty tons of desperately needed aid for Gaza. Israel has forcibly denied several aid ships trying to break its blockade of Gaza, almost forcing one to sink last month.

Informe: Israel disparó contra una embarcación libanesa de ayuda y luego la asaltó

La cadena de noticias Al-Jazeera informa que las fuerzas israelíes le dispararon a una embarcación libanesa que transportaba ayuda cerca de la costa de Gaza. Los testigos dicen que los soldados israelíes luego asaltaron la embarcación, golpearon a los pasajeros y destruyeron el equipo de comunicación. Esta embarcación transportaba más de 60 toneladas de ayuda extremadamente necesaria para Gaza. Israel ha prohibido por medio de la fuerza el ingreso de varias embarcaciones con ayuda que intentaban romper el bloqueo de Gaza, incluso prácticamente provocó que una embarcación se hundiera el mes pasado.
Los ataques dirigidos por Estados Unidos provocaron un tercio de las muertes afganas

Nuevas cifras indican que el número de civiles afganos muertos aumentó a más de 2.100 el año pasado. Más de un tercio de las víctimas fueron asesinadas por soldados afganos o dirigidos por Estados Unidos. El martes, el Presidente afgano Hamid Karzai critico nuevamente los letales ataques estadounidenses.

El Presidente afgano Hamid Karzai dijo: “Nuestras exigencias son claras y son las siguientes: que los allanamientos de viviendas de los afganos, los arrestos de los afganos y la muerte de civiles deben cesar. Y ellos (Estados Unidos y los países de la OTAN) nos están presionando para que nos mantengamos callados y nos retractemos de esta declaración. Eso no es posible”.

Estados Unidos ha ignorado las crecientes críticas de Karzai, incluso su exigencia de que se establezca una fecha límite para la retirada de todos los soldados extranjeros. El Presidente Obama se prepara para enviar aproximadamente 17.000 soldados más a Afganistán este año.

US-Led Attacks Account for 1/3 of Afghan Deaths

New figures show Afghan civilian casualties rose to more than 2,100 last year. More than a third were killed by Afghan and US-led troops. On Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai renewed criticism of deadly US attacks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai: “Our demands are clear: house searches of Afghans, arrests of Afghans, and civilian casualties must cease. And the US and NATO countries are naturally putting on pressure to make us silent and retract from this claim. This is not possible.”

The US has ignored growing criticism from Karzai, including his demand for a timetable for the withdrawal of all foreign troops. President Obama is preparing to send around 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan later this year.

4 de febrero de 2009

Israel continues pounding Gaza

Israeli warplanes have attacked the northern town of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip shortly after pounding the southern areas of the sliver.
Israeli warplanes attacked the city hours after striking the Rafah border region in southern Gaza Strip, according to a Press TV correspondent in the area.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was addressing the annual Herzliya Conference at the time of the attack, informed the audience that the military "is currently operating in the Gaza Strip."
Tel Aviv had recently stopped an all-out war on the densely-populated area, but resumed the attacks shortly after realizing that it failed to achieve its primary goals set against the Hamas government.
Israel's 23-day long Operation Cast Lead killed almost 1,400 people in the Gaza Strip, but eventually failed to destroy Hamas's military power.
As Israel continues to BREAK THE CEASE FIRE, the American media and American politicians continue to pretend that it is not happening. They continue to lie to the American people about reality.

Iraq's Shocking Human Toll: About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans

This gruesome figure makes sense when reading of claims by Iraqi officials that there are 1-2 million war widows and 5 million orphans. This constitutes direct empirical evidence of total excess mortality and indirect, though confirming, evidence of the displaced and the bereaved and of general insecurity. The overall figures are stunning: 4.5 million displaced, 1-2 million widows, 5 million orphans, about 1 million dead -- in one way or another, affecting nearly one in two Iraqis.

2 de febrero de 2009

Israeli military refuses water filtration system for Gaza

The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Israel has refused to allow the French government from bringing the filtration system to Gaza, where people have been without clean water for weeks.
In some parts of Gaza, sewage is flooding streets and homes after the three-week long Israeli assault that ended last week when Israeli officials declared a ceasefire.
The Israeli military has violated the ceasefire seven times since then, including an attack yesterday that wounded a number of primary school students in Khan Younis. Palestinian fighters killed one soldier who was invading southern Gaza in violation of the ceasefire.
Meanwhile, the Israeli imposed closure of the Gaza Strip remains in place, and Palestinians have been unable to even clean the racist graffiti and feces smeared on their walls by the Israeli military, due to the lack of water.

Envoy to Australia: Gaza op shows Israel 'ready to engage' on Iran threat

Israel's ambassador to Australia told leaders of the Sydney Jewish community on Sunday that, "Israel's efforts in Gaza were to bring about understanding that we are ready to engage in a decisive way" over Iran and its nuclear aspirations.
The three-week Gaza operation was merely a "pre-introduction" to the challenge Israel would face from Iran, which will become a nuclear power within a year, Yuval Rotem said.
According to Australia's Channel 7 television, Rotem made the statement at a meeting with leaders of the Sydney Jewish community, having first asked that the cameras be switched off.
While being filmed before the discussion, Rotem said, "The best thing to do is to have a very open dialogue if there are no reporters or journalists here," before telling the cameraman to stop filming.
"He said that Israel's recent military offensives were a pre-introduction to the challenge Israel expects from a nuclear-equipped Iran within a year," Channel 7 reporter Sarah Cummings said.
Before the cameras were turned off, Rotem said there was room to build new alliances to face Iran, which he called the strategic threat facing all of us. He said Qatar moved toward Iran in 2009, along with radical Islamic elements, seeming to believe no one will prevent Iran from going nuclear.
Asked to clarify his statements, Rotem said Israel was committed to the diplomatic and economic effort to stop Iran, but that like the Americans, it considers nuclear weapons to be a strategic threat. Uranium enrichment by Iran must be stopped. Period, said Rotem.

Obama 6

Obama decide continuar con el programa de rendiciones extraordinarias
El Los Angeles Times informa que el gobierno de Obama decidió no poner fin a la controvertida política de rendiciones extraordinarias que le otorga autoridad a la CIA para secuestrar a cualquier persona en cualquier parte del mundo y transferirla secretamente a otro país. Actuales y antiguos funcionarios de la inteligencia estadounidense dijeron que el programa de rendiciones está preparado para jugar un papel más amplio en los esfuerzos para combatir el terrorismo. Un funcionario del gobierno de Obama dijo: “Obviamente se deben conservar algunas herramientas, aún se debe perseguir a los delincuentes”. El Parlamento europeo condenó este programa, al que calificó como un “instrumento ilegal utilizado por Estados Unidos”.

Obama Decides Not to End Extraordinary Rendition Program

The Los Angeles Times reports the Obama administration has decided not to end the controversial policy of extraordinary rendition, which gives the CIA authority to abduct anyone throughout the world and secretly transfer them to another country. Current and former US intelligence officials said the rendition program is poised to play an expanded role in counterterrorism efforts. One Obama administration official said, “Obviously you need to preserve some tools. You still have to go after the bad guys.” The European Parliament has condemned renditions as an "illegal instrument used by the United States.”