'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

For years, intelligence services from the US and Germany conducted a secret project on German soil. Together, they developed a counter-terrorism database -- with even a journalist coming under suspicion. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Prosecutor on Rendition Case: Kidnapping a 'Disgrace And Should Be Prosecuted'

Prosecutor on Rendition Case: Kidnapping a 'Disgrace And Should Be Prosecuted'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2013

A German prosecutor who investigated the CIA's kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar in 2003 under the infamous rendition program tells SPIEGEL how he had to close the case due to a lack of information from US organizations. He says the kidnapping was a "disgrace" and that he would have filed indictments, if he had been able to. more...

European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2012

In 2003, Khaled El-Masri was abducted by the CIA, flown to Afghanistan and tortured as part of the US special renditions program. On Thursday, after years of fighting for justice, the European Court of Human Rights finally awarded El-Masri compensation for his suffering. more...

Applying the Law in Guantanamo: 'The Government's Narrative Was a Lie'

Applying the Law in Guantanamo: 'The Government's Narrative Was a Lie'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2011

When he arrived at Guantanamo in 2005 as chief prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis thought that he would be dealing exclusively with fanatical terrorists. But he soon realized that many prisoners shouldn't have been imprisoned at all. In a contribution for SPIEGEL, he describes his path from idealism to disillusionment. more... Comment ]

Kafkaesque Machinery of Suspicion: A Casual Relationship with the Truth at Guantanamo

Kafkaesque Machinery of Suspicion: A Casual Relationship with the Truth at Guantanamo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2011

The US prison at Guantanamo houses the worst of the worst of international jihad. But as the detainee assessments recently made public by WikiLeaks show, it is a description that can be applied to US evidence gathering as well. By John Goetz, Mathieu von Rohr, Marcel Rosenbach and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

CIA Rendition Case: US Pressured Italy to Influence Judiciary

CIA Rendition Case: US Pressured Italy to Influence Judiciary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2010

The CIA rendition of cleric Abu Omar in 2003 turned into a headache for Washington when a Milan court indicted the agents involved. Secret dispatches now show how the US threatened the Italian government in an attempt to influence the case. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was apparently happy to help. By John Goetz and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

The CIA's El-Masri Abduction: Cables Show Germany Caved to Pressure from Washington

The CIA's El-Masri Abduction: Cables Show Germany Caved to Pressure from Washington

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2010

The American diplomatic cables provide new details about the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen abducted by the CIA in 2003. The reports confirm just how much pressure the US put on Germany to not pursue 13 agents believed to have been involved. But they also reveal how cooperative and responsive German officials were in light of American worries. By Matthias Gebauer and John Goetz more... Comment ]

Abu Omar Case: Italian Court Delivers Damning Verdict on CIA Renditions

Abu Omar Case: Italian Court Delivers Damning Verdict on CIA Renditions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2009

A court in Milan has delivered its verdict in the spectacular trial of several CIA agents involved in the 2003 kidnapping of the Islamist Abu Omar. Some 23 American agents received prison terms after being found guilty in absentia. The court's decision is a condemnation of the anti-terror policies of George W. Bush. By Britta Sandberg in Milan more...

Renditions Case: Milan Trial Could Expose Italian Role in CIA Kidnapping

Renditions Case: Milan Trial Could Expose Italian Role in CIA Kidnapping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2009

A public prosecutor in Milan has completed a five-year investigation into the CIA and their Italian counterparts. The case of the extraordinary renditions kidnapping of Egyptian suspected terrorist Abu Omar is also a test of judicial independence in Italy. Twenty-six Americans are being tried in absentia in the case. By John Goetz and Britta Sandberg in Milan, Italy more...

Black Site in Lithuania? CIA Accused of Third Torture Prison in Europe

Black Site in Lithuania? CIA Accused of Third Torture Prison in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2009

As Americans continue to debate the torture era of the Bush administration, a new report has emerged about the alleged existence of a third secret prison used by the CIA in Europe. According to ABC News, the CIA operated a "black site" prison in Lithuania until the end of 2005. By Britta Sandberg more...