tv Rendition Revisited P1 ALJAZ December 2, 2018 8:32am-9:01am +03
protests in paris the capital city turned into a battleground on saturday as a protest against a micron's fuel tax escalated with buildings torched and vandalized about one hundred people were injured and two hundred others were arrested. mexico's new president has been sworn in beginning his six year term in office under us manual lopez obrador has also been formally anointed leader by indigenous groups at a ceremony in mexico city the new president has pledged to end centuries of poverty and marginalisation for more than seventy indigenous communities throughout mexico the white house has announced that a state funeral will be held next wednesday for former u.s. president george h.w. bush who has died at the age of ninety four donald trump says he'll send his official jets air force one to texas to transport the former president's casket to washington those are the headlines up next people in power once held in one of australia's toughest detention centers now a world renowned surgeon one of when he's follows dr moon. as returns to his
hometown berry daring to give up you can use the hope of walking on al-jazeera. america's president trump police told it works he's pledged to keep the contaminated detention facility opens and this say to bring back will to pull the suspects so in the first of a special two proxy investigation we've been to the u.s. state that was once the heart of america's illegal program over in addition and told to ask whether the u.s. could be about to be enter a dog chapter in the nation's history. smithfield's
north carolina. a quiet backwater in america's south. on the face of it an unremarkable bible belt town tucked in made rural wooded countryside. but thirteen years ago stories started to emerge suggesting something sinister was going on. mysterious flights leaving from the lives an airport. people were being seized from their homes in streets around the world transported to foreign prisons and secret cia interrogation camps known as black sites. you feel some sort of them would give off and.
look for. somebody for. the covert operation officially called extraordinary rendition took place in the years between two thousand and two to two thousand and nine. in north carolina locals began calling the flights from their local airports torture taxes this was a planned orchestrated program of kidnapping for torture i found that to be just intolerable we spoke to a woman whose husband was another victim of rendition. to this day the truth about the cia's rendition program and the role of north
carolina's airports remains officially shrouded in secrecy. but are realistic do you think tonight from al-jazeera tell of. when making a programme about cia or indifferent. i and investigations ont welcome. and story while you think. no one. nor all question i mean he's going to start with he's going to call the police yet he's not interested in hearing the. nine eleven the deadliest attack ever on american soil the mass murder of nearly three thousand people a defining moment in american history which was to leave a toxic legacy in its wake the u.s. launched a global war on terror including a convert program of kidnap and torture the secretary of state at the time was
general colin powell his chief of staff was colonel larry wilkerson today he says that operation was a terrible mistake and still doing irreparable damage to the united states moral position in the world as a leader of human rights and human dignity and rule of law and so forth we no longer are seen as a leader indeed by more than two billion people in the world according to polls were considered the number one threat to their future. and isn't case in lives near johnston regional airport one of the two north carolina airports used to say good rendition flights she took me that. so if you will look down there that's aero contractors. are a contract is are a little firm that supplied planes for the secret cia program. in the years following two thousand and five allison and her friends began to investigate air
a contract is she realized that some of the people involved with the company with people she knew one was an attorney to. had children the same age as my and it was shocking right because they were prominent members of the community so they put themselves out there as being you know. a standard of morality. it took real courage for these local women and their supporters to investigate and to confront what was being done in the state. of the. city was. to confront it they did you see that were contacting them here to ask them to come out and meet with us which they did not do the right thing.
u.s. senate intelligence committee figures suggest one hundred nineteen individuals held by the cia nearly a quarter of whom were later found to be improperly detained in much of the program and the possibly many hundreds more seized remains unnamed. but what's clear are a contract has played a central role transporting forty nine individuals for interrogation. on the other side of the world in london i think makes it westminster university have pieced together how the program worked every contract has maintained and operating profit in particular which were central to the war on terror on the. torture program evidences absolutely encourage. the torture program to base it
violated domestic and international law many many points and north carolina an air that was central to that. we traveled to gratz nostra to meet el masry in late two thousand and three he was arrested on holiday at the macedonian border he was then taken to a small hotel room where an official accused him of being a member of al qaeda. service business from. them fresh to. college was telling the truth he was not a member of al qaeda shockingly this was a case of mistaken identity but they came worse he was hunted a the two u.s. agents and bundled onto an air raid contract his plane. from. c.m.
. on human. unnamed to him his destination was a site in afghanistan used to the cia interrogation one of a network of foreign prisons and secret so-called cia black sites places where suspected terrorists many of whom turned out to be innocent was systematically tortured in a brutal bid to gain intelligence. this man was a career cia operative his name is glenn. he vividly remembers his first impression of one cia interrogation count in an unnamed country.
inside it is immediately. pitch black. as black as any darkness you have ever experienced you cannot see. you you could not see your fingers here in front of absolute darkness. and disorienting and deafening. silence a brutal regime designed to undermine prison his sense of self and indeed helpless dependence we thank unconsciously that. the sun will rise once a day and then sets into the day that's one of the defining unthought of realities of life not if you're in the hands of the cia we can make the sun shine or not. when he had been assigned to interrogate a captured prison and he's been deft in nature out what he was expected to do.
so the instructions were you will do whatever it takes to get him to talk do you understand and then it was pressure him pressure him it was the word frequently used pressure him turn up the pressure on him. be creative and i was literally literally stunned i responded we don't do that he said well we do not know my thought was pardon me for this and i thought these are this is very clear my thought was hold it this is clearly one of the critical moments in the history of the united states we're talking about torturing and that is illegal. and. i wouldn't do it declassified documents prison as accounts and reports outline
a regime of the views euphemistically named as enhanced interrogation subsequently denounced as torture techniques included waterboarding simulated drowning rule slamming sleep deprivation extreme stress positions and sexual and psychological abuse. is as or that's mine given that europe has or not it's all one or them in their. own dimension or see the fact that so much done by where finish the necessary. you got to be a strong shot the numbers fights you as ignorant as a guard. unarmed it was offset cell. and marg and again we're. going to. see the smiles on the calendar was held without any explanation the cia realized very soon that they
got the wrong man but it took more than four months before he was released they put him on a plane to albania drove him to a remote location and then dumped him on the underfunded road and the not for lawson or friend when. he gave. them the. today he is free but still paying the price suffering severe psychological trauma and whilst macedonia has apologized for its road and his friend ish and he's received no apology from the u.s. he's now mounting the latest in a series of legal cases against the u.s. administration since the sheehan issue and she has since just kind of just come. under the. earth.
back in north carolina campaigners are determined that no victim of rendition is forgotten. italian citizen. was seized in pakistan in two thousand and two and rented on an average night to moral case where he was subjected to horrendous abuse before being freed a full nine years later. today his wife anna speaks on his behalf the trauma of his experience has left him unable to relive this monday and. all the unpaid work.
so. in twenty fourteen after years of investigation the us senate intelligence committee compiled a report into cia tool chest. but those who hate america was finally going to tell the full story about this period to be disappointed all that was made public this heavily redacted executive summary the entire report it was six thousand pages to this day remain secret. we ought to warn to see those six thousand pages of the full report because if the executive summaries any indication that report does to a standing things categorically it says torture not more and it says we tortured and we tortured extensively we even murdered people the ultimate torture that
report should come out in the main reason it didn't come out as a north carolinian by the name of richard burr who is chairman of the senate select committee on intelligence prevented that report from being read by the american people and as far as i'm concerned that's complicit with the war crimes committed yes because what's reported in that report. war crimes senator byrd declined our request for comment. earlier this year senator byrd a republican also chaired the confirmation hearing for president donald trump's controversial nominee as the new head of the cia or jena high school truth. in hospitals confirmation hearings here back in may reignited controversy over the cia's pace nine eleven torture program not least her a record hitting a detention facility in thailand in two thousand and two where
a detainee was water boarded. the. do you believe in hindsight that those techniques were immoral senator what i believe sitting here today is that i support the higher moral standard we have decided to hold ourselves to is answer the question. and i think i've answered the question if not as you know i'm strong supporter of your nomination to be director of the central intelligence agency you may in fact be the most qualified nominee ever nominated for this role here in our june thank you mr chairman. tina hospitals appointment was approved. colonel steve kleinman was a career military intelligence officer he's recognized as a leading expert on the interrogation of terror suspects the message we sent in the
world that some years of all the torture has been rewarded again with most arguably one of the most prestigious if not the most prestigious position on tells us merely how how can we sending our cia director who have all the torture to work with with a senior intelligence official from another part of the world where torture is common and for for her to ever tried to chastise them to try to get a different way that well they'll say well you did it. yes but she says she says she wouldn't she wouldn't that the cia did a story that's not well i don't i'm sorry i don't believe are the critics ask what would she do if donald trump was to go to the cia to reintroduce torture. they said what do you think of waterboarding i said i think we absolutely need it we should have it and if we can't we should have worse. no doubt doll trump would get her out of the way posthaste if she objected and put someone in there who wouldn't. was.
the hard fact is that during his election campaign president trump faced down a bomb that area opposition to torture torture works ok folks torture but you don't have these guys torture doesn't work believe me it works ok waterboarding is your minor form some people say it's not actually torture let's assume it is but they asked me the question what do you go waterboarding absolutely fine but we should go much stronger than waterboarding that's the way i feel not fallon has more than thirty years experience as a special agent with the n.c.a.a.'s the u.s. naval criminal investigative service he's investigated some of the made significant terrorist operations in u.s. history he's wrong and while torture does work for what if you want propaganda if i want to tell if i want to get you to tell me something that i want to hear i can get are you torture you what it's in effect about is getting the truth torture
as a tactic is not only ineffective. it's counterproductive it's dangerous it cost lives and those day experts we spoke to agreed as a means of getting accurate intelligence torture simply doesn't work victims will say anything to stop the torture including full screen fashions and fabrications if you look through the history of torture it was used for what they want the only political or religious oppression to intimidate to threaten to keep people lying. the white house declined to comment on president trump's endorsement of torture the cia declined to respond to questions about gina hospital suitability for her cia role and referred us to her confirmation hearings where she said i would not support the use of enhanced interrogation techniques when asked what she do if the president gave her a direct order to waterboard a terrorist suspect she said i do not believe the president would ask me to do that
. in september twenty eighth seen in north carolina's campaign as a major report on their state's role in facilitating the cia's torture program it was the culmination of eighteen months of detailed investigations public hearings and the contribution of dozens of expert witnesses including the former un rapporteurs on torture and a former guantanamo detainee mohammed who will slahi. the report was a devastating indictment calling on the state governor lingle thora to his and politicians to finally take a stand against torture with their methods loudly and clear under no. they are what we tolerate then you remain true. other human being.
it also calls for an investigation into the north carolina company eric contract is . are they participating in the illegal kidnapping and disappearance of prisoners overseas we have no idea and they certainly could do it again if a future us administration introduced this program. we wanted to ask eric contract his about their business today offering what they call specialized past. and cargo transport haitian solutions to customers around the globe we rate to three former pilots and even called on them but no one would speak. i'm sorry is not. could we talk to him. not there. we also contacted every contract his management who didn't reply so we called on lawyer lamar armstrong listed for many years as
a senior management representative of every contract is we wanted to get his reaction to the revelations in the north carolina reporting to torture and the stated role of eric. we sent an e-mail to mr armstrong mr lamar armstrong representative of eric tractors. thank you very much thanks a lot charlie why is you not interested because it's just not right is going to call the police. he doesn't want to talk about the aircraft operated by eric contractor that played a federal role in the cia torture program a seven three seven boeing business jet originally numbered yes literally one cleveland police. car has the police. my name sarah spiller from al-jazeera television the legal who thought this. was.
so mr armstrong threatened to call the police when we asked him for an interview as a representative of contract is an idiot he has called the police not just one or two cars have a right here i'm a thank you gets me to thank you but by that same day at the courthouse in smithfield north carolina campaigners distributed copies of their report to lay cool elected county commissioners over the years campaigners have improved these commissioners to investigate activities at the local airport. i respected local minister try to ask a simple question about what campaign is saying is north carolina's complicity in torture and we are here tonight to ask you smithfield county commissioners can you say with us. we are wrong.
and i think that. in the face of silence we put our questions when making a film about the secret cia rendition pay them do commission is believe that torture is morally acceptable i know you think that is mr penton. i don't say anything about torture be accepted was think there was anything illegal going on on the iraq war so i asked the chairman of the benito choppering up here for a question my answer is appealing to this your opinion i'm glad i'm not getting an opinion others out here question seem think the hope is naive question on the is there anything else anybody else respect her dresses for with her trying to just kill us. despite the deafening silence here the demands for the truth about the cia program
about torture continue. in the next part of this investigation we visit to guantanamo bay cuba the new torrijos u.s. naval base u.s. president trump has vowed to keep open. we investigate claims that secrecy about past torture is impeding the quest for justice after nine eleven. and we traveled to morocco to meet the family ever going ton in a prisoner cleared for release but like others still incarcerated by the u.s. administration and we are asking what the future holds under president donald j. trump. president trump who is a man rode with torture who has a thirst for calorie arm afraid that we're setting the conditions to return back to practice of brutality and state sponsored torture as we did done in passion.
a notorious symbol of the u.s. war on terror one said for close guantanamo bay and it's detainees are going nowhere we have identified as a priority is the construction of a new high value detention center i'm afraid that we're setting the conditions to return back to proxies or brutality in state sponsored torture as we did have done in the past rendition revisited part two on al jazeera. i really still liberated as a journalist was. getting to the truth as it always was with this job. because we're not defending them as we should. rights being violated. and free to be stripped away. on the seventieth anniversary of.
the whites let's stand up. stand up for human rights. and doha the top stories on al-jazeera u.s. president donald trump says he plans to meet kim jong un and early twenty nineteen he made the announcement as he was leaving the g twenty summit in argentina a two day event where he made multiple international agreements and blocked wild leaders from introducing strong climate change commitments in the final g twenty communiqué committee how that has more from what is aries. u.s. president donald trump has a tendency to steal the spotlight at foreign summits often for the wrong reason.