NGOs Write to Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee Urging Publication of Torture Report

A group of leading NGOs in the US have written to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss calling for the declassification and publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on extraordinary rendition, with as few redactions as possible.  The NGOs also urge publication of the CIA's response and any minority views.  More can be read here.

CIA May Release Torture Reports to ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA last November seeking release of three reports on the extraordinary rendition programme, reports that the CIA is considering the release of two of the three reports.  The release would take place on 22 May.  More can be read here.

CIA Reportedly Paid Poland $15 million for Use of Black Site

The black site, where a number of terrorist suspects were held, including Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, allegedly operated from 2002 to 2003.  More can be read here.

Lithuanian Court Finds that Saudi Arabian National Has Right to Investigation Into His Alleged Torture at CIA Secret Prison

Lithuanian prosecutors previously refused to investigate the claims of Saudi Arabian citizen Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, who was allegedly held in a secret CIA prison in Lithuania between 2004 and 2006.  The court found that al-Hawsawi's claims violations of international law and his rights under the Lithuanian Constitution.  More can be read here.

Intelligence and Security Committee Issues Statement on Its Forthcoming Rendition Inquiry

The ISC will examine issues raised by the Gibson Inquiry's interim report on extraordinary rendition.  The ISC's statement can be read here.

US Senate Intelligence Committee Continues to Press for Release of Its Report on Extraordinary Rendition

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt its 6000+ page report on the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme in December 2012.  More can be read here and here.

High Court Cannot Hear Rendition Case of Qaddafi Opponent

A High Court judge has ruled that the case brought by Abdul Hakim Belhaj against the British Government for its role in his rendition to Libya fell out of the jurisdiction of the court and could damage Britain's relations with its allies.  More can be read here

Oversight of the Intelligence Community Needs to be Strengthened

Andrew Tyrie MP expresses concern over the role the Intelligence and Security Committee has been given to scrutinise Britain's involvement in rendition.  The article can be read here.  More can be read here.