Citizens’ group aims to investigate CIA rendition program

RALEIGH, N. C. – A citizens group is planning public hearings in North Carolina on a government program of secret CIA interrogation sites where alleged terrorists would be tortured.

The group of academics, retired military officers and ministers said Thursday that they aim to investigate and focus attention on the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program that started after the terrorist attacks of September. 11, 2001.

Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, a former assistant of Secretary of state Colin Powell, hopes the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture would prevent the Trump administration of the recovery of secret foreign prisons and heavy interrogation.

The commission has not the power to compel testimony, but the plan of collecting records and talk with witnesses to describe the findings in November.

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