Very brave (and harrowing) judgment by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on the rendition of a German citizen into the hands of the CIA and thence onto Afghanistan, there to be tortured.
60k Euros compensation in his favour against Macedonia and USA washing their hands of any action brought against them?
"In May 2006 the District Court dismissed the applicant's claim,
finding that the US Government had validly asserted the State secrets
"The applicant submitted articles in which journalists reported that
the US Ambassador in Germany at the time had informed the German
authorities in May 2004 that the CIA had wrongly imprisoned the applicant.
They further reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had stated
that the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had admitted to her, in a
private discussion, that the US had mistakenly abducted and detained the
"that the US had mistakenly abducted and detained the
Just how do you mistakenly abduct someone?
My initial reaction to the thread was this must be about Bruce Willis films and Britney Spears "music", to mention just a few Hollywood Greats.
"153. In short, the facts occurred in the following manner: on 18 December 2001,
Mr Agiza and Mr Alzery, Egyptian citizens seeking asylum in Sweden, were the
subject of a decision dismissing the asylum application and ordering their deportation
on grounds of security, taken in the framework of a special procedure at ministerial
level. In order to ensure that this decision could be executed that same day, the
Swedish authorities accepted an American offer to place at their disposal an aircraft
which enjoyed special over flight authorisations. Following their arrest by the
Swedish police, the two men were taken to Bromma Airport where they were
subjected, with Swedish agreement, to a 'security check' by hooded American agents.
154. The account of this 'check' is especially interesting, as it corresponds in detail
to the account given independently by other victims of 'rendition', including Mr El-
Masri. The procedure adopted by the American team, described in this case by the
Swedish police officers present at the scene, was evidently well rehearsed: the agents
communicated with each other by gestures, not words. Acting very quickly, the agents
cut Agiza's and Alzery's clothes off them using scissors, dressed them in tracksuits,
examined every bodily aperture and hair minutely, handcuffed them and shackled
their feet, and walked them to the aircraft barefoot."
Perhaps Julian Assange's concerns, and hance his behaviour, are more understandable in the light of the above?