Six human rights groups have issued a list of 39 people purportedly imprisoned by the United States in secret, the whereabouts of whom are unknown, and have called upon the Bush administration to suspend its policy of “disappearances.” US officials defend these measures, saying that it is often essential that terrorist networks do not learn of such detentions ahead of planned operations. [NYT, June 7]
A suspected al-Qaeda member, Abdullah Sudi Arale, has been transferred to the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay, after being detained in the Horn of Africa. He is accused of smuggling arms and explosives to al-Qaida operatives in East Africa and Pakistan. [BBC, June 7]
From Madrid11.net Security Briefs, June 7
See our last post on the torture and detainment controversy.