Report: More Than 50 Countries Involved in CIA Torture Program

Open Society Justice Initiative's report details alleged CIA human rights abuses since 9/11


More than 50 countries have been implicated in kidnapping, detention, and torture as part of the CIA's secret detention and extraordinary rendition programs, said the Open Society Justice Initiative today in a report that provides the most comprehensive documentation to date of the human rights abuses associated with the intelligence agency's post-September 11, 2001, counterterror operations.

The report, "Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition," identifies for the first time a total of 136 named victims and describes the complicity of 54 foreign governments in these operations. Extraordinary rendition refers to the transfer—without legal process—of a detainee to the custody of a foreign government for purposes of detention and interrogation.