Rendition “Victim” Masri Assaults German Mayor

Posted by John Rosenthal

During the last years of the Bush administration, Khaled Al-Masri, aka Khaled El-Masri, became the poster child of the international campaign again the American program of “extraordinary renditions.” Last Friday, Masri was arrested after assaulting the mayor of the German city of Neu-Ulm. This was just the latest in a series of violent crimes committed [...]

Khaled Al-Masri Accused of Assault; German Journalists Investigated in Masri “Leak”

Posted by John Rosenthal

For some recent developments in the Khaled Al-Masri affair, see my new article on World Politics Watch “Khaled Al-Masri Accused of Assault; German Journalists Investigated in Masri ‘Leak’”.

America’s Innovative New Terrorist “Waiver” Program

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to a UPI report from last Friday, Khaled Al-Masri has been granted a visa for the United States. The report cites an unnamed state department official as follows: “Khaled el-Masri was found inadmissible to the United States on the basis of … terrorist activities, and issued a visa on the basis of a waiver [...]

Is Khaled Al-Masri Lying?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Rumor has it that Democrats are eager to use their newly acquired power in Congress to “investigate” a variety of “uninvestigated scandals” linked to the Bush Administration: among them the use of “CIA secret prisons” in the conduct of the war with Islamic terror organizations. If they do in fact open in inquiry into this [...]

Al-Masri, the Innocent?

Posted by John Rosenthal

German citizen Khaled Al-Masri has become the poster boy for the campaign against America’s use of “extraordinary renditions” in combating Islamic terrorism. A June 23 report from Spiegel Online’s English-language service dubbed Al-Masri the “human face” of the renditions “scandal” following a recent appearance before a German parliamentary committee. The ACLU site features a photo [...]

German Police Memo: Masri a “Partisan of Military Jihad”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Several English-language media, including, for instance, the Financial Times, reported last week that German authorities have the names of at least three of the American agents involved in the alleged “kidnapping” of Khaled Al-Masri. Masri is the German citizen of Lebanese ancestry who is at the center of the controversy over the CIA “renditions” program. The [...]

Al-Masri’s Connections (The FAZ on Khaled Al-Masri)

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Thursday, Khaled Al-Masri, the Lebanese-born German citizen who is at the center of the CIA renditions controversy, was questioned by a sub-committee of the German Bundestag. Referring to his alleged seizure in Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003-4 and the 5 month period of detention in Afghanistan that is supposed to have followed, Al-Masri [...]

German Reports: Al-Masri Led Islamist “Commando”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Over the last several months, the German citizen of Lebanese origins, Khaled Al-Masri, has become a sort of poster-boy for the media campaign against the American practice of “extraordinary rendition” in the war on Islamic terrorism. Virtually all the English-language reports on the Al-Masri case have assumed or even underscored Al-Masri’s “innocence” – an assumption [...]