News on Detainees and the CIA

Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Mass.) has just introducted the "Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007." Dodd says the bill will "restore Habeas Corpus protections to detainees [i.e., allow them to file legal challenges to their confinement], bar information acquired through torture from being introduced as evidence in trials, and limit presidential authority to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions." The bill, Dodd promises, will "repair the damage done by President Bush to our country’s national reputation." You can sign a petition in support here.

In other news, the European Parliament has just released its report on CIA detentions and kidnapings in Europe. Among the findings:

GERMANY — The German Federal Criminal Police provided details of the whereabouts of Mohammed Zammar to the FBI, which facilitated the kidnapping of the German citizen, who was then detained by U.S. agents and tortured in Morocco and Syria.

How the CIA used European airspace:

At least 1,245 undeclared flights operated by the CIA flew into European airspace or stopped over at European airfields after Sept. 11, 2001. While it has not been proven detainees were on board, the European Parliament says many of the planes were routinely used for transporting terror suspects from Afghanistan to Guantanamo, or to and from other secret detention centers.

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