Ansatte i Directorate of Operations, CIA-avdelingen som driver med «renditons», dvs. utleveringer til tredjeland, begynner å få nok av «trafikken». De frykter at de en dag vil bli stilt til ansvar. Den sterke kritikken i Europa og andre steder begynner å gjøre sin virkning.
A senior US intelligence official told The Observer that the CIA is now in ‘deep crisis’ following last week’s international political storm over the agency’s practice of ‘extraordinary rendition’ – transporting suspects to countries where they face torture. ‘The smarter people in the Directorate of Operations [the CIA’s clandestine operational arm] know that one day, if they do this stuff, they are going to face indictment,’ he said. ‘They are simply refusing to participate in these operations, and if they don’t have big mortgage or tuition fees to pay they’re thinking about trying to resign altogether.’
Already 22 CIA officers have been charged in absentia in Italy for alleged roles in the rendition of a radical cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, seized – without the knowledge of the Italian government – on a Milan street in February 2003.
The intense pressure on US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week, coupled with Friday’s condemnation of the use of evidence extracted under torture by the House of Lords, has intensified concerns within the CIA. The official said: ‘Renditions and torture aren’t just wrong, they also expose CIA personnel and diplomats abroad to enormous future risk.’
Observer kan fortelle historien om en Binyam Mohammed (27), en etiopier i London, som ble tatt for en bagatell i Pakistan, og endte opp med å tilbringe tre år i diverse fengsler, lengst i Marokko, hvor han ble torturert på det groveste. Mohammed mener CIA-agenter og britiske MI& deltok i mishandlingen.