Globalizing Terror: The CIA and Clique of 54 Nations.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria,Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany,Greece, Hong Kong, 4 Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya,Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland,Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
What do the governments of these 54 countries have in common? A tough question indeed considering how disparate the elements of this list look. The common thread that connects these democracies, dictatorships, monarchies, poor and rich countries, Christian-Muslim-Buddhist nations, is sinister. They have participated and collaborated in one of most secretive torture programs run by USA’s Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] based on a triad of Secret Detentions, Extra-Ordinary Rendition, and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. Secret Detentions Program enabled holding of *suspected terrorists* in illegal CIA prisons -known as Black sites- outside the territorial United States. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques simply put meant use of torture and abuse to extract *valuable intelligence*. Finally, Extra-Ordinary Rendition allowed transfer of detainees without legal process to the *custody of foreign governments* for the purpose of detention and interrogation.
What was going to unfold, in fact, sublimely sanctioned, was neatly and aptly summarised by the highest functionary of George Bush’s administration as early as 16 December 2001.
“We also have to work, through, sort of the dark side, if you will.
We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world.
A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly,
without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available
to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be successful.
That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us
to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.” 
-That man was US Vice President Dick Cheney.
How innocuous? How innocent? Shorn of all its cruelty, barbarity, and patent illegality; and rendered into an aseptic and persuasive defense of the indefensible. 
This Globalisation of Torture program was instituted with full knowledge and encouragement at the highest level of US administration in total disregard of International laws and conventions, and even of US national laws. The cooperation, complicity, and culpability of 54 governments, who helped CIA, in abusing international laws if not their national laws were complete too. All this was done though use of torture to yield *reliable intelligence* was always in doubt: “Indeed, numerous professional U.S. interrogators have confirmed that torture does not produce reliable intelligence, and that rapport-building techniques are far more effective at eliciting such intelligence. A telling example of the disastrous consequences of extraordinary rendition operations can be seen in the case of  Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, documented in this report. After being extraordinarily rendered by the United States to Egypt in 2002, al-Libi, under threat of torture at the hands of Egyptian officials, fabricated information relating to Iraq’s provision of chemical and biological weapons training to Al Qaeda. In 2003, then Secretary of State Colin Powell relied on this fabricated information in his speech to the United Nations that made the case for war against Iraq.-page 7“.
The report, Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extra-Ordinary Rendition, prepared by Amrit Singh for Open Society Foundation, is kind to Colin Powell. Bush administration had already made plans to invade Iraq, it only wanted a pretext to justify its invasion to US citizens. The required *evidence* was fabricated for use by Powell in his speech at the UN. 
However, this is an illuminating report by Amrita Singh, who happens to be the daughter of India’s  prime minister. Democracy Now, a US based activist channel, has this report.
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