US Torture of Prisoners is “Indisputable,” Independent Report Finds

The report found that dissidents were transferred to Libya in 2004 not to combat terrorism, but to buy favor with the Gaddafi regime. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

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An independent examination of the US rendition programme after 9/11 has concluded that it is “indisputable” that America tortured prisoners, and that the country’s highest officials were responsible.A 580-page report published on Tuesday by the Constitution Project, a non-partisan Washington-based thinktank, concludes that the programme was unjustified and counterproductive, damaging to the country’s reputation, and has placed US military personnel at risk of mistreatment if they are themselves taken prisoner

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