Evidence of Western Torture “Rendition” Surfacing in Libya: Tip of the Iceberg?

Cover of a book on Torture Taxis

CNN is presently revealing that a cache of documents has been discovered at Gaddafi headquarters that relates to cooperation between American and British officials on the one hand and Libyan officials on the other, in which Libyan officials tortured prisoners sent there by the CIA and MI6.

I’ve attached a CNN report by Ben Wedeman to this article.

This practice was known as “rendition” and, as far as I’m aware, was widely used as far as I’m aware. In this case, the suggestion appeared to be that rendition torture was one price the Gaddafi regime paid for reconciling itself with Western powers after Lockerbie and the “destruction” of their weapons of mass destruction. (Many like poisonous gases were not destroyed.)

To avoid responsibility for torture. American, British and I presume other Western intelligence services used the practice of “rendition” – of sending subjects to other countries to be tortured for information. The practices employed by these countries were more severe than those known to have been used in Western nations. In other words, these “undemocratic” countries did the dirty work of supposed Western “democracies.”

Other countries did other elements of Western dirty work as well. For instance, Israel developed and tested weapons that the United States could not be seen to be involved with. I believe that one such instance is the depleted-uranium weaponry that Israel used for the first time in the October or Gaza War of 1973.

Torture practices go on in facilities such as Area 51, Guantanamo, and other black operations run by the military and intelligence communities. I don’t know why some interrogations were “farmed out” and others were not.

Rendition facilities, sometimes the prisons of countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, sometimes secret CIA prisons located in Eastern European countries, received the prisoners, interrogated them under torture, or simply tried to break their will, and relayed what was learned or accomplished to the West.

One such rendition service was operated out of Ashville, NC, where “torture taxis” flew the prisoners overseas. None of this was publicly known. All of it routinely served Illuminati aims and ends.

The capture of a trove of documents at Libyan government headquarters threatens to expose these secret activities related to rendition. It may prove to be the tip of the iceberg that reveals the whole corrupt system we know as CIA and MI6. If it did, it would reveal mind-control practices, the training of Manchurian candidate assassins, false-flag operations, plots designed to erode constitutional rights, the running of the international drug trade, secret wars, illegal wars, and a large number of other corrupt and secretive operations.

British Prime Minister David Cameron now faces pressure to investigate and has already assumed a stance of protecting the honor and reputation of MI6, not a reassuring stance for him to have taken right off the bat.

The fact that these incriminating documents should surface so close to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 may prove to be about as confidence-shaking as any development could be because the documents threaten to bring agencies like the CIA, NSA, MI6 into the stiffest and most serious questioning possible. I’d like to think that matters are, seen from a wider vantage point, going according to the plans of the Company of Light.

These revelations threaten to shift the public perception from one of seeing those agencies as acting in the public’s interest to seeing them as threatening the public’s interest and once that shift has occurred, all hell will almost certainly break loose. I am reminded of SaLuSa’s statement today that “these are the times when your resolve will be sorely tested, and whatever is calculated to distract you from the truth should be ignored.” (SaLuSa, Sept. 5, 2011.)

The discovery of these documents, together with whatever is uncovered by the trial of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, since Egypt was a preferred rendition destination for Western intelligence agencies, may prove to be a watershed in educating the Western public on the aims and roles of the practice of rendition, questioning, and torture of targets of our regimes.

I personally know of a case where a Western doctor alleged to have gotten a ride on an American medivac in a conflict zone, which she then discovered was being used to ferry illegal drugs (I believe cocaine).

Because of her knowledge she was renditioned to an Egyptian torture prison, ill-treated and released. Her own country, which I believe was Germany, thenceforth refused to recognize her as a citizen and she began a stateless existence during which she was under constant surveillance and harassment.

The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board refuses to believe any stories related to 9/11, the illegal war in Iraq, the criminal nature of the CIA, rendition, etc., and so her attempts to have her case heard were going nowhere. By that time I was no longer sitting on the Board and can only remember snatches about the case. But I know I did come to believe her story and, from research I carried out at the time, began to see the manner in which Western intelligence agencies, torture taxies, and rendition prisons operated.

This discovery of the documents belonging to the Libyan regime could prove the means of exposing complicity among at least one dictatorial regime and the “black ops” unit of the CIA, responsible for the world drug trade, 9/11, other bombings in the U.S. and around the world, chemtrails, weather warfare, illegal wars and the erosion of civil rights within the U.S. and elsewhere.

Documents Shed Light on CIA, Gadhafi Spy Ties

Ben Wedeman, CNN, September 3, 2011

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Papers show U.S.-UK-Libya spy ties


  • The cooperation emerged after Libya ended its WMD program
  • There was an exchange of information between the agencies
  • Renditions occurred amid concern over reports of Libyan torture
  • U.S. official says this needs to be kept “in context”

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Documents seized at the Libyan intelligence headquarters have revealed a surprisingly close relationship between the CIA and their counterparts in the Gadhafi regime.

They highlight the cooperation between Libya and Western intelligence agencies after Libya ended its weapons of mass destruction program in 2004. They also shed light on the West’s controversial rendition program — the questioning of terror suspects in third-party countries.

CNN saw documents in the former office of Libya’s external security agency and received material from Human Rights Watch on Saturday. They are from 2004 and 2005.

CNN found an exchange of information between Libyan intelligence and Western intelligence agencies — such as the CIA, the MI6 in Britain and Canada’s intelligence service.

For example, the Libyans were interested to learn about alleged Islamic radicals involved in anti-Gadhafi activity in Canada, the United States and Europe. The United States and Britain were interested in any detail Libya could provide about al Qaeda.

One piece of correspondence focused on the prospect of Libya providing help to the United States in Somalia, where anti-American militants have a strong presence. There was contact between Porter Goss, who served as CIA director in the mid-2000s, and former head of external intelligence Moussa Koussa.

“Moussa Koussa was on a first-name basis with the CIA and MI6,” said Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch. “There’s Christmas greetings in here. There’s documents saying, ‘Thanks for the oranges you sent.'”

CNN’s attempts to reach Goss on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Secret documents found in Libya

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Reports of cases of U.S. rendition to Libya have emerged. It occurred amid regular State Department reports of Libyan abuse of prisoners, underscoring concerns of human rights advocates about the practice.

For example, the State Department’s 2005 report on human rights in Libya said, “Security forces reportedly subjected detainees to cruel, inhumane, or degrading conditions and denied adequate medical care, which led to several deaths in custody.”

One report, in The New York Times, said documents suggested that the United States “sent terror suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.” The newspaper said the documents cover 2002 to 2007, “with many of them concentrated in late 2003 and 2004.”

Bouckaert told CNN the documents “establish conclusively what we’ve been saying for a long time — that the CIA was capturing and rendering people to Libya so they could be interrogated by Libyan security.”

“We even have the CIA questions they sent to be asked to the suspects that they rendered to Libya,” he added.

And CNN saw a March 6, 2004, CIA letter to Libyan officials about Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a former jihadist with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and now a senior commander in the anti-Gadhafi forces.

It concerned the Malaysian government’s arrest of Abdullah al-Sadiq, Belhaj’s nom de guerre for his rendition. A CIA officer said the man and his pregnant wife were being placed on a commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to London via Bangkok and then onto Libya.

“We are planning to arrange to take control of the pair in Bangkok and place them on our aircraft for a flight to your country,” the officer wrote.

CNN’s Nic Robertson recently profiled Belhaj. As a young man in the late 1980s, Belhaj was one of scores of jihadists in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group who went to fight in Afghanistan. His military prowess soon made him a commander among his fellow fighters.

After the fall of the Taliban, Belhaj left Afghanistan and was arrested in Malaysia in 2004. After some questioning by the CIA, he was sent back to Libya and jailed.

Belhaj was released from Moammar Gadhafi’s notorious Abu Salim jail last year. He and dozens of others of LIFG fighters negotiated with the Gadhafi regime for their freedom — in return for denouncing al Qaeda and its philosophy of jihad.

Fran Townsend, CNN counterterror analyst who worked as President George W. Bush’s homeland security adviser, said that when suspects were transferred to any country, not just Libya, U.S. officials asked the government for assurances that they wouldn’t violate human rights of the person in question.

Also, they would oversee the process of incarceration and questioning to make sure the prisoner wasn’t abused, she said.

“It wasn’t just sign a piece of paper. It was also, by the way we have to have the right to visit them on short notice and speak with them,” she said, referring to the suspects.

Townsend said the MI6 and the CIA worked very closely with Libyan intelligence in terms of persuading them to turn over their weapons of mass destruction program and to maintain a relationship with them.

The relationship, she said, was “by no means a straight line. It had its ups and downs.”

The CIA would not comment specifically on the reports about the relationships between Libya and Western spy agencies.

But CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood did say, “It can’t come as a surprise that the Central Intelligence Agency works with foreign governments to help protect our country from terrorism and other deadly threats. That is exactly what we are expected to do.”

A U.S. official who would not speak for attribution because of the sensitivity of intelligence relationships said, “There are lots of countries willing to take terrorists off the street who want to kill Americans. That doesn’t mean U.S. concerns about human rights are ignored in the process.”

The official added this needs to be kept “in context.”

“By 2004, the U.S. had successfully convinced the Libyan government to renounce its nuclear weapons program and to help stop terrorists who were actively targeting Americans in the U.S. and abroad,” said the official.

The British Foreign Office said it does not comment on intelligence matters.

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