Welcome For European Parliament Pressure On UK Over CIA Flights

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the news that the European Parliament is to press the UK and other member states to finally open up about the CIA's extraordinary rendition flights. 

The flights took suspected terrorists around the world to be subjected to what can best be described as torture and the role of the UK Government in facilitating those flights and the treatment of suspects by or on behalf of the UK Government has never been properly examined.

Speaking in Strasbourg, Alyn said:

"The allegations about extraordinary rendition are well known and the alleged treatment meted out to those in custody would add up to a succession of human rights violations on an incredible scale. Abduction, detention without trial, disappearance, secret prisons and torture have no place in any civilised society no matter what offence people are suspected of. I'm pleased that the European Parliament motion, debated today and which I believe will pass without difficulty tomorrow, is putting new pressure on all Member State governments to investigate and make clear what went on in their countries.

"Since the UK Government decide to shut down its inquiry in January, 18 months after David Cameron promised an independent, judge-led inquiry, there has been no scrutiny of what went on nor of whether the UK Government of the time was aware of or was complicit in any breaches of human rights.

"The European Parliament has already documented the use of European airspace and territory by the CIA in a report which also laid out some of the ways in which the UK cooperated in extraordinary rendition.  Even in the production of that report the UK Government was obstructive and unhelpful. Given that the UK Government appears to be always willing to criticise other governments for their human rights records, it seems more than just fair that it comes clean on what involvement there was in the CIA's programme. An independent inquiry with powers to compel witnesses seems the most appropriate way of dealing with this but even a release of all the documents concerning extraordinary rendition would be a start.

"This cover-up has gone on for long enough; it's time we got some answers about what was done in our names, where the flights that refuelled in Scotland were headed to, and just how complicit in the whole affair the UK's government was."

European Parliament motion is here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2012-266&language=EN
Original European Parliament report is here:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A6-2007-0020&language=EN