‘There has been virtually no accountability
governments that were complicit in various ways.
in the US for these abuses’
CIA Director John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, in March. Amrit Singh says he should be
asked what he meant when he said that rendition was a vital tool in combating terrorism.
about almost a third of the countries in the world that were
That’s right, a quarter of the countries in the world. The
State Department recognizes 195. Fifty-four is more than a
quarter of that, yes.
AG: And in terms of that, these countries that have been
involved, that you talk about being coopted, what were the
deals that were made? And have countries come forth to say
what they did?
Well, I think that we don’t know all of the facts with respect
to each government, but we do know that there were a number of bilateral agreements that were signed, and there was
also a NATO framework within many of — within which
many of these agreements were executed.
We know, for example, in Poland there have been reports of
an agreement that was arrived at between the Polish author-
ities and the United States. Now, apparently, there was actu-
ally a document in Poland that bore the signature of the
Polish official, but not the American official. The Americans
might have been more careful in not committing their signa-
tures to writing. But nonetheless, these were very secret oper-
ations that could not have been implemented without very
high-level authorizations from top officials in all of these gov-
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