Foreign courts crack down on US-led human rights abuses | The Boston Globe


While the CIA sent its dirty work to places like Poland, Thailand, and Romania, the National Security Agency was able to find a way to circumvent American law from the comfort of its headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.

The agency needs a warrant to target a US citizen or permanent resident, but it is free to keep and search any American data it “incidentally” collects during foreign surveillance.

No longer willing to let the United States hide behind national security, the world is beginning to unearth our crimes and try them in open courts.

Ultimately, however, it is Americans who will have to rethink the hard distinction between foreign and domestic if we want to rein in the global war on terror and prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.

via New light on black sites – Opinion – The Boston Globe.

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