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Activists want 'CIA jail' truths

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Thailand and the United States must come clean on allegations of Thailand's role in an alleged, 54-nation network of CIA-run prisons and torture houses in the post-9/11 months, human rights groups said Wednesday. 

A 216-page report titled "Globalising Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition" was the latest documentation made public Tuesday in the US by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a group funded by George Soros. It listed Thailand among 54 countries that helpd the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) in its campaign against al-Qaeda with "secret detention, rendition and interrogation programmes" after the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

Pornpen Kongkachonkiet said her Cross Cultural Foundation group raised the issue with US President Barack Obama when he visited Thailand last November. The CCF statement was sent to the US embassy but there was no feedback or comments on the issue. The Thai government also did not respond.

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