Several European states were shocked to discover that several European states tolerated and even actively assisted the EVIL United States with its EVIL practice of rendition; you know, secretly detaining EVIL as well as non-EVIL terrorist suspects only to let the non-EVIL ones go again. And several of these same shocked European states were even more shocked to discover that they were among these same several European states involved. How shocking.

At least that’s what a report put out by the European Union claims. EU lawmakers (its okay, they’re from Europe, too) maintain that at least 10 European countries, among them Britain, Poland, Italy and Germany (the stress here is on Germany, folks) knew about the CIA’s secret EVIL rendition practice of blah-blah-blah-read-above which of course isn’t wirklich (really) all that much of a secret anymore. And if you ask me, you would think that after all of this practicing going on somebody would have finally gotten this stuff down by now. You know, practice makes perfect and all that.

This year-long investigation (funny how they are always year-long investigations) was put together by a special European Parliament committee which voted in favor of the report’s adoption and openly criticizes these EU states for their failure to fulfill “European obligations, such as respect for human rights.” Americans don’t have these obligations, of course.

The committee was particularly hard on the former German coalition government under Gerhard Schroeder for its failure to work for the release of German Turk Murat Kurnaz, a suspected terrorist held at Guantanamo. But German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, directly involved in the matter (and otherwise always a firm supporter of EU committee reports), believes that all of this is just some terrible misunderstanding and is looking to get the matter cleared up as soon as friggin’ possible.

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