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Barbara Lee Wants Answers on Torture in Europe

On December 18, Representative Barbara Lee from California introduced the following resolution to the floor of the House of Representatives. This resolution requests that the Bush White House share information relevant to the trip of Condoleeza Rice to Europe in order to mollify leaders there about revelations of secret American black site prisons in Europe where prisoners have been held outside the law and without Red Cross notification, with serious allegations of systematic use of torture.

With this resolution introduced to Congress, the question now becomes: Will George W. Bush allow Congress to exercise its right to oversight of the activities of the executive branch, or will it keep this information secret from Congress. If the Bush Adminstration chooses to keep this information secret, then what it is trying to hide from Congress?

109th CONGRESS 1st Session
H. RES. 642

Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to provide to the House of Representatives certain documents in their possession relating to the Secretary of State’s trip to Europe in December 2005.
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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 18, 2005
Ms. Lee submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
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RESOLUTION

Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to provide to the House of Representatives certain documents in their possession relating to the Secretary of State’s trip to Europe in December 2005.

Resolved, That the President is requested and the Secretary of State is directed to provide to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of adoption of this resolution, all documents, including telephone and electronic mail records, logs, calendars, minutes, memoranda, and advisory legal opinions, in the possession of the President or the Secretary of State, respectively, from the Department of State provided to the Executive Office of the President in preparation for and during the Secretary of State’s trip to Germany, Belgium, Romania, and Ukraine in December 2005, relating
to–
(1) United States policies under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or
Degrading Treatment or Punishment toward individuals captured by or transferred to the United States or detained in United States custody; and
(2) United States policies regarding any facility outside of the territory of the United States for the detention of individuals captured by or transferred to the United States or detained in United States custody.

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