Amrit Singh, the U.S. based daughter of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has put out a damaging new report that says President Barack Obama is tacitly continuing the rendition programs of his predecessor George W.Bush.
Singh wrote in the report that by relying on assurances from host nations that the prisoners would not be tortured, assurances that were not measured, Obama was in effect continuing the rendition policies of George W.Bush.
Under the “extraordinary rendition” program, terrorism suspects were exported to secret prison in countries like Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Macedonia, Italy, Poland etc.
In multiple instances, suspects were tortured in the secret prisons for information about past and future terror plots.
The secret prisons a.k.a Black Sites were managed by the CIA.
Human rights advocates have strongly condemned the rendition program.
In her report, Amrit Singh, Senior Legal Officer, National Security and Counterterrorism, at the Open Society Foundations, an organization founded by billionaire investor George Soros, identified 54 countries that were involved in the U.S.’ rendition program.
In the introduction to the report, Amrit Singh wrote:
By enlisting the participation of dozens of foreign governments in these violations, the United States further undermined longstanding human rights protections enshrined in international law — including, in particular, the norm against torture.
War is a messy business and when Al Qaeda attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the floodgates were opened for all kinds of American counter-attacks, including some that relied on torture to prevent future attacks.
The report will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 5 but a copy was made available to the Huffington Post.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Amrit Singh is married to Barton Beebe, Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law in New York City.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Amrit Singh worked as a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City,