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Amnesty International Urges Obama Administration to Repudiate Extraordinary Rendition as Italian Court Convicts American Spies

Wed Nov 4, 2009

Amnesty International Urges Obama Administration to Repudiate Extraordinary
Rendition as Italian Court Convicts American Spies

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tom Parker, Amnesty
International USA’s policy director for (counter) terrorism and human rights,
issued the following statement in response to the Italian court’s decision to
convict 23 Americans in the CIA kidnapping case of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr,
known as Abu Omar:

“Today, U.S. intelligence officers have been convicted of serious criminal
acts by a close ally. In addition to underscoring just how far beyond the law
the previous administration was willing to venture in its ‘rendition’ program,
this decision is a graphic illustration of just how damaging practices such as
kidnapping and torture are to America’s national security.

“Continuing these practices will inevitably have a chilling effect on
countries’ willingness to work with the United States until nations can be
sure that America will no longer operate as a rogue nation outside the law.

“The United States shouldn’t need a foreign court to distinguish right from
wrong. The Obama administration must repudiate the unlawful practice of
extraordinary rendition – and hold accountable those responsible for having
put this system in place — or his administration will end up as tarnished as
his predecessor’s.”

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist
organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers
in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The
organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the
public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and
dignity are denied.

SOURCE Amnesty International

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