SCRIPT: CIA Alleged to Have Secret Prisons in Europe 12/05

BRIAN ROSS

There's no better example of that than the German citizen Khalid el-Masri. He was arrested as he crossed the border in Macedonia on vacation in 2003 and then was secretly flown by the CIA to one of its prisons outside Kabul, Afghanistan for interrogation.

BRIAN ROSS

He was not involved in any way?

JOHN SIFTON

Tomorrow morning the ACLU is filing a case, suing the CIA and former director George Tenet. The allegations are, they got the wrong guy, he was mistreated. There is an el-Masri who is a terrorist suspect. But it isn't this el-Masri.

BRIAN ROSS

They got the wrong el-Masri?

JOHN SIFTON

They got the wrong man.

BRIAN ROSS

El-Masri has since told German television that he was drugged, stripped naked and interrogated by Americans who wanted to know his ties to al Qaeda.

KHALID EL-MASRI, FORMER PRISONER

He said, "You are here in a land where there are no laws. No one knows about you or where you are. Do you know what I mean?" I said, "Yes."

BRIAN ROSS

El-Masri was later set free, flown to Albania and left off on a roadside.

JOHN SIFTON

This is one of several cases involving kidnappings by the CIA in Europe. Several people have been kidnapped straight out of the streets of Europe and sent to detention abroad. Whether it's in Afghanistan, some have been sent to Egypt. It's very serious.

BRIAN ROSS

Secretary of State Rice made it clear that she is in no mood to hear the protest of European countries over US tactics in the war on terror.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Cooperation is a two-way street. We share intelligence that has helped protect European countries from attack, helping save European lives.

JOHN SIFTON

Today's remarks were thinly veiled bullying, where Secretary Rice and the Administration at large was saying, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Other countries, Germany, Italy, have taken part in this, which is part of why Secretary Rice is suggesting that they watch what they say because they themselves may be guilty.

BRIAN ROSS

El-Masri, the German citizen who was subjected to the CIA's secret prisons, interrogations and planes was planning to be in New York tomorrow when the ACLU announces its lawsuit on his behalf. But he won't be here. He was denied admission into the country this weekend by US officials in Atlanta, who sent him back to Germany.

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