Snatching people off the streets. Hanging people from the ceiling. A man freezing to death alone on a concrete floor. This is the story of how the United States used its position to cajole, persuade and strong-arm 54 other countries to take part in the CIA’s post-9/11 campaign of secret detention and torture. The Open Society Justice Initiative has released a 216-page report, “Globalising Torture” that exposes the extent of detentions and torture carried out in the name of keeping Americans safe.
South Africa is one of the countries that participated in this global programme of detention and torture. The report states, “South Africa was implicated in the March 2003 extraordinary rendition of Saud Memon, a Pakistani national and suspect in the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl. In light of the secrecy associated with the abduction and the lack of any record in South Africa of his deportation or extradition, it appears that South Africa gave U.S. intelligence agencies “carte blanche” to pursue his abduction and rendition from South Africa.
Download the report, “Globalising Torture”.
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Editor's Note: Also watch Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman read out the names of all 54 countries involved in co-operating with the CIA on its torture programme. You might also be interested in "Zero Dark Thirty: OK, It's Evil, But Is It Any Good?" from Alternet.