The officer was named Sabrina de Sousa and she was convicted in absentia in 2009 for a role in the extraordinary rendition
, or illegal transfer of a suspect without due process, of extreme Egyptian cleric Abu Omar.
Historian Unterman describes cases of extraordinary rendition
, in which agents of the US government arrest people in other countries and return them to the US for trial.
The prison is a reminder of a disgraceful era in which the US aroused the anger of the world by engaging in torture and extraordinary rendition
and by holding suspected terrorists without trial for years on end.
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The US has justified and supported the invasion of Iraq, the use of drones for targeted killings, and the extraordinary rendition
of terrorist suspects claiming that these actions were necessary for maintaining international order, peace, and stability.
The testimony, based on information from four separate intelligence sources that include a CIA official who participated in Washington's extraordinary rendition
program, flatly contradicts years of denial on both sides of the Atlantic.
It has now been clearly established that the US base there was a key hub in the global operation of extraordinary rendition
and secret torture that has been exposed so clearly this week and which the US senate report concluded led to absolutely no useful information being gained.
The New York-based Open Society Foundation said in a previous report "responsibility for this damage does not lie solely with the United States, but also with the numerous foreign governments without whose participation secret detention and extraordinary rendition
operations could not have been carried out".
Robert Seldon Lady, the former Milan CIA station chief, was sentenced by an Italian appeals court in Milan earlier this year in the extraordinary rendition
case to nine years in prison after being tried in absentia in Italy for the kidnapping of the Muslim cleric.
He said: "There is certainly something medieval about the ancient puishment of exile upon a broken man, though the CIA's practice of extraordinary rendition
may be a closer parallel.
Secret detention and extraordinary rendition
operations, designed to be conducted outside the US under cover of secrecy, could not have been implemented without the active participation of foreign governments," the report says.
6 ( ANI ): Pakistan, along with 54 countries, assisted the CIA in its secret detention and extraordinary rendition
programme, conducted outside the US and designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of the law, according to a rights advocacy group.