CIA Prisoner Camps in Europe...
The story of the possibility of secret CIA prisoner camps in Europe isn't set to go away just yet. The flights in question have definitely been confirmed, these are now beyond reasonable doubt. This of course still doesn't prove the existence of the camps or the fact that illegal interrogation techniques are being used there.
But the extremely lawyered wording used by both Straw and Condi leaves a lot of doubt in many people's minds.
Condi is currently visiting Germany and talks with Angela Merkel are unlikely to rock the boat. Merkel is a conservative and has indicated a desire to improve German-US relationships.
But new revelations are likely to prompt further questions about the fate of these prisoners:
Before she left the US, Ms Rice admitted that terror suspects were flown abroad for interrogation but denied they were tortured.
She said suspects were moved by plane under a process known as rendition, and that this was "a lawful weapon".
A leading US-based human rights group accused Ms Rice of seeking to "mischaracterise" the true nature of rendition.
"Secretary Rice made extra-legal rendition sound like just another form of extradition," said Tom Malinowski, a Human Rights Watch official in Washington.
"In fact, it's a form of kidnapping and 'disappearing' someone entirely outside the law."
Despite a large slice of the British general public demanding clarification of what the UK flights actually mean, there is no real shortage of people ready to defend questionable, possibly illegal practices, in the name of "terror fighting". See this here online BBC survey,
Do you agree with US terror policies?
Keywords: CIA, CIA camps, terror, Guantanamo, Europe