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EU report accuses nations of CIA collusion

February 15, 2007

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— A yearlong European parliamentary investigation into CIA flights transporting terror suspects to secret prisons has yielded a report singling out Britain, Germany and other European heavyweights as colluding with the U.S. secret detention program in an apparent breach of human rights standards.

The 76-page report approved Wednesday gives no direct proof that the intelligence agency ran secret prisons in Europe - an allegation that prompted the inquiry - but accuses some governments of complicity in the U.S. extraordinary rendition program.

"This is a report that doesn't allow anyone to look the other way. We must be vigilant that what has been happening in the past five years may never happen again," said Italian Socialist Giovanni Fava, who drafted the report.

Britain, Italy, Germany, Poland and Romania were named as either colluding with the United States in human rights abuses or not cooperating with the inquiry committee. The report also implicated nine other EU countries.

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