Thursday, February 07, 2013

Many people who know of George Soros regard him as just another modern robber barron. But I know him as someone who got rich by risking his own money betting the direction the English pound would move back in 1992 and who has given away $8 billion to human rights, public health, and educational causes, and single-handedly supported science in the former Soviet Union in the years immediately after the fall. In this news letter received today, he has come down against atrocities being committed by the CIA.

Dear Friends,

Ghost flights, black sites, and stories of appalling abuse.

She has compiled a first-of-its-kind report that tells the story of how the United States used its position to cajole, persuade, and strong-arm 54 other countries to take part in the CIA’s highly classified programs.

From Australia to Iran, Canada to Sweden, Hong Kong to Indonesia. The list is shocking.
Even though I—you—have heard many stories about what was done in the name of the war against terror, I found myself shocked again about what was done under the CIA’s secret programs after 9/11.

These are not the practices of an open society. Only with a full reckoning can the United States hope to close the door on this shameful chapter in its history.

George Soros
Chairman and Founder, Open Society Foundations

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