24 February, 2020

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Expose: Sri Lanka’s Covert Support To CIA Secret Detention And Extraordinary Rendition

By Colombo Telegraph

“Sri Lanka permitted use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations,” says New York based Open society Foundations. The report published by Open society Foundations says: “ There have been no known judicial cases or investigations in Sri Lanka relating to its participation in CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.”

According to the OSF, this report focuses primarily on human rights abuses associated with the CIA’s post-September 11, 2001, secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. The report does not document extra-legal overseas transfers or secret detention of detainees by agencies other than the CIA. Thus, the U.S. Defense Department’s detention practices and its transfer of detainees to and from Guantánamo Bay or other military detention facilities are not the focus of this report.

The factual contents of this report are derived from credible public sources and information provided by reputable human rights organizations. Sources for the factual assertions are provided in accompanying endnotes. While every source has been carefully reviewed for indicia of credibility, it is ultimately impossible to corroborate every factual assertion due to the extraordinary level of government secrecy associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations

OSF report says; “Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques.”

Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.

More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.

Page number 109 in the report says; “Sri Lanka permitted use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations.Court documents indicate that at least one flight operated by Richmor Aviation (a company that operated flights for the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program)landed in Sri Lanka in 2003.The documents show that between August 12 and 15, 2003, a Richmor flight registered as N85VM took off from Washington, D.C., and stopped in Bangkok before making another stop at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike international airport in Colombo, and then flying on to Kabul, Dubai, and Shannon airport in Ireland.That flight coincided in time with the capture of Riduan Isamuddin (Hambali) in Bangkok in 2003.Isamuddin spent the next three years in secret CIA prisonsbefore ultimately being transferred as a “high value detainee” to Guantánamo Bay in September 2006, where he remains detained.See the detainee list in Section IV.There have been no known judicial cases or investigations in Sri Lanka relating to its participation in CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.”

The report also shows that as many as 54 foreign governments reportedly participated in these operations in various ways, including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing, and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees; providing intelligence leading to the secret detention and extraordinary rendition of individuals; and interrogating individuals who were secretly being held in the custody of other governments. Foreign governments also failed to protect detainees from secret detention and extraordinary rendition on their territories and to conduct effective investigations into agencies and officials who participated in these operations.

The 54 governments identified in this report span the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, and include: 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,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.

Read the full report here

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    No doubt these are similiar to our white van abductions. Similiar method and principals. US also turned a blind eye on what was happening in the north because of the so called war against terror which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties across the continents, the bush / rumsfield doctrine.

    All these so called civilized govts are self seeking hypocrites when it comes to human rights of innocent people. Continuing abuse in palestine is a stark reminder of the politics of discrimination.

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    Yes we were aware of the USA covert operations all over the world for vested interest of rogue politicians for their own gains.

    Does anybody know whats happening in Voice Of America Radio Station in Chilaw Iranamadu, we strongly believe it is an Satellite eavesdropping center in South East Asia, every body is paid by US Embassy to keep mum.

    What is USAIDS doing in N/E, monitoring & spying along with SriLankan security apparatus.

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    In the old world order the powerful countries as Great britain, Spain, France colonised smaller nations and governed them. Then there was the 1st World War and the 2nd World War after which all Colonies received their Independence. The US that emerged as a powerful Nation after the second World War have adopted the practise of finding the Corrupt and the murderous in all countries and have helped them to secure power and are governing the whole world through them. There is no country developped or under developped that are free from the US clutches today. The US installs govts in countries, Oust leaderships by assasination or through staged elections. The Zionist American network has infiltrated every country today where Leaderships of other countries are either coerced, bribed or blackmailed. Unless the decent Law abiding citizens the world over stand up against this tyranny they will happily continue. It is for this reason although there are voices of sanity of people like Louis Arbour, Navi Pillai, Gorden Weisse et al are heard, they are drowned by these forces. How long will the World sit and watch?

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    In the Air Services Agreement ( ASA ) we signed with the USA, the USA has the freedom to fly over our airspace and use our airports for commercial or military purposes. There is reciprocity in this agreement.

    It is thought, in the hay day of the LTTE militancy, the USA trained the SL Armed Forces in the ” Salvador ” option. When we speak of the war widows, we must remember Uncle Sam’s hand in it. Perhaps Uncle Sam will do penance and take care of these people now.

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    Sri Lanka had a very direct involvement in the abduction and rendition of Hambani. A Sri Lankan operative, Dr. Rohan , was the person behind the scene. Malaysia and Thailand later cooperated with Sri Lanka when it was Sri Lanka´s turn to abduct and render LTTE´s KP, again, another Rohan operation.

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      If this Dr Rohan has a surname staring with G…. He is a bloody fake. If Rajapakse regime faces a real war crime tribunal, he would be the first to pop up and say, something along, “I advised them aagainst it, but they didn’t listen. So, I cut the ties with them”.

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    It has been mentioned in the past about the use of SRILANKA in rendition the same way as the Americans destroyed the satellite pictures of pre and post war srilanka and the number of tamils dissappeared from one picture to another. Something fishy going on?? Its like you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. This is the dirty war game and who suffers in the end?. Afganistan too was a good friend of big brother once upon a time then everything went sour.

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    SRILANKA is the steppiing stone to eavesdrop the Chinese the Indians and the Pakistanis. There we go again to understand how the war games are played and how the impoverished third world miniscule countries are used in this game by the super powers. The minisculians jump up and down and scream me me me until they are not needed and anymore. You dont want to be in but you cannot be out as well. Lots of risk to take to play this game.

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    Then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in the Pentagon on 3 Nov. 2003. They met there to discuss defense issues of mutual interest.I am sure assistance from Sri Lanka in more rendition missions would have been discussed at the meeting.

    On the other hand, currently, US (Obama administration)is pushing through an aggressive human rights accountability proposals in UN which should be appreciated by all of us.

    So one can assume that, in 2003 all what Wickremesinghe UNP government(not a regime)and the US administration(mind you this was Bush administration) had in mind was promotion of human rights and good governance etc.

    We need to bring a UNP government(not a regime)to power without any delay.This is why human rights organizations,INGOs, NGOs who are concerned about human rights and Wikramabahu of NSSP/Sirithunga of USP and the likes have cooperated directly and indirectly (not talking or commenting)with UNP to change this monstrous Rajapaksha regime (it is not a government).

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    Sovereignty, Nationalism, Patriotism, anti-USA are palliatives and rhetoric we see used by our political leaders unceasingly. They are merely to feel the yakkos on the street. On the other side of the Balance Sheet is Realpolitik – the real world, dominated by the major powers. The yakkos do not have the capacity to understand this. Some of these powers play the role of Policeman to different areas of the world and they are not fools to play this gratis – summa. There is always a Quid Pro Quo whether it is the Govts of Ranil, CBK or MR. It is a different world out there and they play to hard rules. The naïve Premadasa went to war against two of them, with raised sarong Kehelwatta style and all, and hard to learn the hard way. The Rajapakses should learn from history. Alternatively, as Santayana reminded the world, they may be condemned to relive it – a somewhat inconvenient choice.

    Senguttuvan

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    How things change….now that they have been accused of human rights violations and asked for accountability, seems the US has become the “evil” Western country.

    Hypocrisy on ALL sides.

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    and.., i am expected to be surprised, geeez! no one comes to an agreement with you for a blank check, always something is expected in return, or you’re tricked by a favour is being done covertly, so you can’t say no when they ask one..:) politics, the worst thing ever happend to this world, far too dangerous than cancer & aids put togather.

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