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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, June 8, 2006

Europe snagged in CIA's global 'spider's web'

"Such lawless practices [as described in the Council of Europe report], including the outsourcing of torture to friendly despots, are spreading like a lethal virus," the financial daily warns in its lead editorial. "They amount to a moral capitulation by liberal societies and a surrender of the rule of law in the face of jihadi totalitarianism. If we behave like this, what exactly are we defending? ... The 'ghost prisoners' of the 'black sites' are now a grievance to be added to Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Bragram. All this comes hard on the heels of news of a cover-up of an alleged US Marines massacre at Haditha in Iraq, and Pentagon attempts to excise Geneva Conventions protections for prisoners under interrogation from US army rules. It is getting hard to think of what more we can do to empower al-Qaeda."

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