US Department of Homeland Security Discloses Redacted Versions of Rendition Victim's Case Files

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published redacted files concerning Maher Arar, a Candian/Syrian dual national who was mistakenly suspected of terrorist connections.  He was detained in the US and rendered to Syria, where he was tortured.  The US Government contends that he was deported to Syria, rather then rendered.

 

The files can be read here (under Records Concerning the Removal of a Canadian Citizen to Syria).

Andrew Tyrie Questions Foreign Office on Diego Garcia

Andrew Tyrie's latest written questions on Diego Garcia can be read here.

Recent Parliamentary questions about Rendition

Nick Brown MP's question about Government policy on transportation and treatment of detainees can be read here.  Lord Ashcroft's questions on Diego Garcia can be read here and here.

Police Hand File of Evidence on Libyan Renditions to Crown Prosecution Service

The Metropolitan Police have been investigating MI6's role in the alleged joint US/UK rendition of Sami al-Saadi and Abdul Hakim Belhaj in 2004.

 

More can be read here.

Rendition victim's case allowed to proceed against UK Government

The Court of Appeals ruled that the case was not barred by the 'act of state' doctrine because public policy considerations - namely the potentially grave violations of human rights and international law - favoured the court exercising jurisdiction over the case.  The Government previously argued that allowing the case to proceed would damage international relations, an argument that the Court has rejected.  More can be read here and here.

Judge Orders US Government to Explain Its Suppression of Torture Photographs

Justice Department attorneys will have until 12 December to offer its rationale for withholding as many as 2,100 previously undisclosed photographs depicting torture by members of the US military of detainees in overseas detention centres.  More can be read here

The United States' Position on Torture

An editorial by the New York Times urges President Obama to reject publicly the use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners anywhere in the world.

 

More can be read here.

Senate report on torture allegedly fails to assess responsibility of Bush administration officials

According to one source quoted by McClatchy News, the report is "not about the White House.  It's not about the president.  It's not about criminal liability.  It's about the CIA's actions or inactions."

 

More can be read here.