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Archive for September 12th, 2010

CIA Officer Who Tortured In Polish Secret Prison Is Training CIA Operatives

Posted by Info on 12/09/2010

Albert, a former CIA officer accused of revving an electric drill near the head of an imprisoned terror suspect has returned to U.S. intelligence as a contractor, training CIA operatives after leaving the agency. For at least two last years he continues to work as an intelligence contractor.

Albert, 60, a former FBI agent of Egyptian descent who worked as a bureau translator in New York before joining the CIA wielded the bitless drill and an unloaded handgun – unauthorized interrogation techniques – to menace suspected USS Cole bombing plotter Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri inside a secret CIA prison in Poland in late 2002 and early 2003.

Human rights critics say the men‘s actions were emblematic of harsh treatment and oversight problems in the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, amounting to torture that should have been prosecuted.
Albert’s return as a contractor raises questions about how the intelligence community deals with those who used unauthorized interrogation methods.

“The notion that an individual involved in one of the more notorious episodes of the CIA’s interrogation program is still employed directly or indirectly by the U.S. government is scandalous,”

said Ben Wizner, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Former Polish President Denies Knowledge Of CIA Site – Blames U.S. Of Torture

Posted by Info on 12/09/2010

Aleksander Kwasniewski, former Polish president who was in office when the CIA is suspected of running a secret prison in his country says he has no knowledge of the facility or of harsh interrogation techniques allegedly used against terror suspects there. The Associated Press reported that the USS Cole bombing plotter Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was subjected to harsh treatment in a secret prison in Poland in late 2002 and early 2003.
He strongly defended Poland’s support of the U.S. fight against terrorism and reiterated that the CIA used Poland as a base where flights would take off and land after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Kwasniewski said:I can repeat that there has been intelligence cooperation between Poland the U.S. There were no prisons.

U.S. planes landed in Poland and many activities took place in connection to that, but it was fully under U.S. responsibility Our support for the intelligence activity stemmed from the conviction that it serves the security of the U.S., of Poland and of the world. I absolutely do not accept this notion that democracy must disarm in the face of terrorists and the terrorists can do what they want with us.

Newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported last month that prosecutors are considering war crimes charges against Kwasniewski and two other officials for allegedly allowing harsh methods to be used in Poland. Kwasniewski then said that the Americans never asked Poland for permission to set up prisons or to torture inmates.

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Head Of Anti-Extremism Department Shot Dead In Dagestan

Posted by Info on 12/09/2010

Gapal Gadzhiyev, the head of an international department for the fight against extremism was shot dead in his Toyota Avensis while on his way to work on Sunday morning in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

Russia’s North Caucasus republics, in particular Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have seen frequent attacks on police and officials despite the end of a decade-long special regime for counterterrorism operations in Chechnya the last years.

3 days ago a suicide bomber on a Volga car blew himself up at a market in Vladikavkaz, the capital of the North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 160.

Last Sunday, a car packed with explosives and driven by a suicide bomber detonated near the Dagestan’s town of Buinaksk after ramming the gates of a military unit. Five people were killed in the bombing. Later, a second bomb exploded in Buinaksk on the way of police officers heading to the site of the first blast.

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