Thursday, April 06, 2006

Visions of torture and disappearance

To supplement their new report Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance,' Amnesty International has put up an animated map of the secret rendition flights that by the CIA that it has records of. Amnesty has linked more than 1000 flight directly to the CIA and has records of "600 other flights made by planes confirmed as having been used at least temporarily by the CIA." It was impossible to get a precise estimate of the number of persons who have been "arrested or abducted, transferred across borders, held in secret detention or tortured" because of the extraordinary secrecy surrounding such operations. Amnesty believes the numbers to be in the hundreds.

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