Euro Court Slams CIA for Sodomy, Torture of Innocent
Meanwhile, Senate committee OKs report on CIA's interrogation program
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 7:12 AM CST
In this Nov. 29, 2006 file photo, Khaled el Masri, who claims the CIA tortured him at a prison in Afghanistan, appears at a news conference sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union at the National...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday against Macedonia for allowing the torture of an innocent German man of Lebanese origins by the CIA in 2004—but the real brunt of the ruling hit the CIA's post-9/11 "war on terror" strategies, with the court explicitly calling them torture for the first time, reports the Guardian. CIA agents imprisoned, tortured, beat, and sodomized Khaled el-Masri, taking him from Macedonia to Afghanistan where he was incarcerated for four months. Then, after it was clear Masri was innocent, he says US authorities dumped him on an Albanian mountainside. The court's ruling establishes that Masri was indeed an innocent victim of torture; US courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly refused to hear his case.

In other torture-themed news, a 6,000-page, three-years-in-the-making report on the CIA's interrogation program was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 9-6 vote yesterday, reports the New York Times. Sen. Olympia Snow sided with Democrats in the vote, and John McCain also endorsed the report, which contains 20 official conclusions and a staggering 35,000 footnotes. In a letter sent to the committee, he pressed the group to "finalize and declassify" the report; whether that happens, and to what degree, remains to be seen. After the vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that the report "uncovers startling details ... and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight." The GOP maintains that the report contain inaccuracies.

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Dec 14, 2012 6:16 PM CST
LOL, so what? We're the world's biggest superpower. You bend over, or we'll MAKE you bend over. We'll use terrorism as an excuse to indulge our anal fetish any time we please, and you will like it. Any questions?
Dec 14, 2012 5:34 PM CST
If HSBC is allowed to get away with treason, why wouldn't the Bush administration be allowed to get away with the murder of millions of Iraqis and the torture of innocent people.
Dec 14, 2012 1:45 PM CST
If I were the German that was assaulted, I would hunt down each of his torturers and kill them. It doesn't matter what their nationality is.