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ProPublica. The ‘Italian Job’ and Other Highlights From U.S.’s Rendition Program With Egypt. Abu Zaabal prison, 25 kms north of Cairo, after a mass breakout during the nationwide protest.
(AFP/Getty Images file photo) Among the many aspects of the U.S. -Egypt relationship, few have been as controversial as the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, where the agency frequently handed over suspected terrorists to foreign governments with histories of torture and illegal detention. According to Human Rights Watch, Egypt welcomed more CIA detainees than any other country from the 1990s through 2005. And while renditions happen only with the assurance that a foreign partner will not torture the prisoner, as one CIA officer once told Congress, the assurances “weren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.”
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