Intelligence and Security Committee Holds First Open Evidence Session with Three Heads of UK Intelligence Agencies

The uncorrected transcript from the session, held on 7 November 2013, can be read here.

Parliament debates Oversight of the Intelligence and Security Services

The Westminster Hall debate on the Oversight of the Intelligence and Security Services, held on 31 October 2013, can be read here.

An Overview of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

A Senate Select Committee report describes the structure of its classified report on the US rendition programme.  The rendition report is divided into three volumes:

  • Part I covers the History and Operation of the Detention and Interrogation Programme
  • Part 2 covers the Intelligence Acquired and CIA Representations on the Effectiveness of the CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Techniques 
  • Part 3 covers the Detention and Interrogation of Detainees

More can be read here.

UK Government Argues that Belhaj Rendition Case Should Not Be Heard in Court

Lawyers for the Government argued that Mr Belhaj's case against MI5, MI6 and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should be thrown out of court because any unlawful act did not take place in the UK.  A witness for the FCO also testified that allowing the case to proceed could harm relations with other countries.  Belhaj, a Libyan dissident under Qaddafi's regime, and his then-pregnant wife, Fatima Bouchar, were rendered from Bangkok to Tripoli, where he was tortured.  More can be read here

Former Top CIA lawyer Admits That CIA Gave Inadequate and Inaccurate Information to Congressional Oversight Committees on Rendition Programme

Stephen Preston, former General Counsel of the CIA, also acknowledged that it is possible to determine whether legal alternatives to burtal interrogations of detainees would have produced the same intelligence.  More can be read here.

Libyan national seeks to hold UK Government accountable for its role in his 2004 rendition

The civil case brought by Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Bouchar concerning their 2004 rendition, which involved the CIA and MI6, brings claims of false imprisonment, conspiracy to cause injury, abuse of public office and negligence against the Government, MI6 and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.  More can be read here.

Abu Anas al-Libi Rendered to New York to Stand Trial

Al Libi, who was captured by US special forces on 5 October 2013, is expected to stand trial in federal court over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.  US intelligence officials interrogated al-Libi for a week aboard the USS San Antonio in the Mediterranean Sea.  Under President Obama, interrogations at sea have replaced CIA black sites for holding suspected terrorists and questioning them without access to lawyers.  More can be read here

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Discusses Rendition Programme

At a Heny Jackson Society event held on 30 September 2013, former CIA Director Michael Hayden reflected on the extraordinary rendition programme and its consequences.  The full transcript of the talk can be found here.