Sunday, January 15, 2006


Dick Marty, the Swiss Senator appointed by the Council of Europe to investigate allegations that the US ran a secret European gulag, has concluded that they did. More importantly, he has concluded that European governments were complicit:

"It's not possible to transport people from one place to another in such a manner without the secret services knowing about it," he said.

"What was shocking was the passivity with which we all, in Europe, have welcomed these things.

"Europeans should be less hypocritical and not turn a blind eye. There are those who do the dirty work abroad but there are also those who know when they should close their eyes when that dirty work is being done."


Governments across Europe had been "willingly silent", he said, and it was now time for Europeans to decide whether they would continue to tolerate the illegal actions of the CIA.

I think the answer from European voters will be an overwhelming "no". The question is whether their governments will listen to it, or whether they will continue to betray their own people's values in favour of those of American torturers.