A non-partisan Washington based think tank called The Constitution Project has published a report based on the examination of the US rendition programme after 9/11. According to the report, it is ‘indisputable’ that America tortured prisoners and the country’s highest officials were responsible for it. The programme turned out to be counterproductive and damaging to the country’s reputation.
The report also concludes that the CIA operated three secret prisons in Lithuania, Romania and Poland. Romania, however, hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a facility.
One of the most shocking revelations in the report said, “The events examined in this report are unprecedented in US history. In the course of the nation’s many previous conflicts, there is little doubt that some US personnel committed brutal acts against captives, as have armies and governments throughout history. But there is no evidence there had ever before been the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after September 11, directly involving a president and his top advisors on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain on some detainees in our custody.”
After the publication of the independent examination, a revision of the US army’s field manual on interrogation is to be initiated. It would prohibit interrogation lasting for 40 hours and to ban the use of stressful position, sleep deprivation, exposure to continuous loud music, and water boarding.
Though the report is based on publicly available documents and has not enjoyed access to government or military documents, it still is a comprehensive analysis of the rendition programme that reveals much about the US war on terror crimes. Time has now come for the CIA and those involved in the torture of prisoners to be held accountable. After all, the US boasts of being a staunch human rights advocate.