EURO MP QUESTION’S AMERICA OVER CIA EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION FLIGHTS
A cross party delegation of Euro MPs will travel to Washington today (8th – 13th May 2006) to unravel the truth behind the CIA ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights.
Green Euro MP Jean Lambert, who sits on the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee of Inquiry into the CIA Flights, said that on her return she hoped to have the answers to the questions that lie at the heart of the Committee; Do CIA detention centers exist and has the CIA been using European airports to transport terrorist suspects to places where they could face torture.
Jean continued to warn that the Government could not rely solely on trust to solve the network behind such ‘torture flights’ and commented; “The delegation to Washington will hopefully provide us with much needed facts and answers to questions surrounding the allegations of the transport and illegal detention of prisoners by the CIA. Member states seem to have placed a lot of trust in the US administration in the context of this issue and one of the purposes of this delegation is to determine if this trust was misplaced.
“It is extremely worrying that key figures in the UK and USA originally claimed they were unaware of the CIA rendition flights yet soon changed their mind. There are people that will have known of such events yet chose not to act. It is vital that we go to Washington to untangle the spiders web of information we see before us and ensure such activities never happen again.”
The delegation is due to meet with senior US officials, including Dan Fried, Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, John Bellinger, top legal adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and congressman Ed Markey, as well as representatives from NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (see attached programme). The delegation will hold other informal meetings outside of the official agenda.