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Thread: CIA Prisoner 'Rendition' Program Began Under Clinton: Ex-CIA Agent

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    CIA Prisoner 'Rendition' Program Began Under Clinton: Ex-CIA Agent

    CIA prisoner 'rendition' program began under Clinton: ex-agent

    (Gold9472: This actually wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.)


    BERLIN, Dec 28 (PG) - The CIA's controversial "rendition" program to have terror suspects captured and questioned on foreign soil was launched under US president Bill Clinton, a former US counterterrorism agent told a German newspaper.

    Michael Scheuer, a 22-year veteran of the CIA who resigned from the agency in 2004, told Thursday's issue of the newsweekly Die Zeit that the US administration had been looking in the mid-1990s for a way to combat the terrorist threat and circumvent the cumbersome US legal system.

    "President Clinton, his national security advisor Sandy Berger and his terrorism advisor Richard Clark ordered the CIA in the autumn of 1995 to destroy Al-Qaeda," Scheuer said, in comments published in German.

    "We asked the president what we should do with the people we capture. Clinton said 'That's up to you'."

    Scheuer, who headed the CIA unit that tracked Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from 1996 to 1999, said that he developed and led the "renditions" program, which he said included moving prisoners without due legal process to countries without strict human rights protections.

    "In Cairo, people are not treated like they are in Milwaukee. The Clinton administration asked us if we believed that the prisoners were being treated in accordance with local law. And we answered, yes, we're fairly sure."

    At the time, he said, the CIA did not arrest or imprison anyone itself.

    "That was done by the local police or secret services," he said, adding that the prisoners were never taken to US soil. "President Clinton did not want that."

    He said the program changed under Clinton's successor, President George W. Bush, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

    "We started putting people in our own institutions -- in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo. The Bush administration wanted to capture people itself but made the same mistake as the Clinton administration by not treating these people as prisoners of war."

    He accused Europeans of being hypocritical in criticizing the US administration for its anti-terror tactics while benefiting from them.

    "All the information we received from interrogations and documents, everything that had to do with Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England was passed on," he said.

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended renditions on a trip to Europe this month as a "vital tool" for fighting international terrorism but insisted that Washington does not condone torture.
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    rayrayjones Guest
    ah yes, the blame clinton game again...

    Rhode scholars.....skull bones

    both set up to protect anglo-american interests in the world by controlling the economic and political structures that allows them to remain in power.

    what's the difference if the law is broken.

    i wouldn't have justified it then and i don't now.

    if lying to federal grand jury is worthy of impeachment then lying to congress and the people is a no brainer.

    but then again, FISA worked over 19000 times and rejected only a handfull...why break the law if it so bendable already?

    did you read that Bush was spying on UN delegates in Washington to persuade them to support war on iraq? (sorry if i missed the link.)

    did Clinton do that?

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