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The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, November 30, 2006

CIA activity in Europe

For one year, a European Parliament Committee has been inquiring into EU complicity in illegal CIA activity in Europe. The daily responds to the first conclusions released on Tuesday, November 28th. "The CIA has operated secret prisons. And it has moved suspects to countries where torture is routine. ... We know that some of the 147 aircraft leased by the CIA that stopped at Shannon [Irish international airport] were used in the 'rendition' of prisoners. But we have been assured that prisoners were not transported through Shannon. There is no hard evidence pointing to an abuse of Irish facilities. But, as a sovereign State, we have a responsibility that goes beyond diplomatic niceties and our own airspace. Torture is unacceptable in any circumstances and must be opposed wherever it takes place, lest we be accused of passive collaboration."

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