Secret CIA prisons make us less safe in the long term, says PACE President

Reacting to yesterday’s statement admitting the existence of secret CIA prisons, PACE President René van der Linden said today that such methods would, in the long term, make us less safe, not more. “Kidnapping people and torturing them in secret - however tempting the short-term gain may appear to be - is what criminals do, not democratic governments. In the long term, such practices create more terrorists and undermine the values we are fighting for. Europe will have no part in such a degrading system.” The admission had vindicated the the work of PACE and its rapporteur Dick Marty, the President said.