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Rice in Germany, Defends US Terror Suspect Policy

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Germany for the first senior-level talks between Washington and the new German government. But her five-day European trip will likely be dominated by reports of secret CIA prisons for terror suspects in Eastern Europe.

The European Union has demanded Washington explain reports that the CIA flew suspects in and out of European airports for questioning in the jails. Before arriving in Berlin, Secretary Rice refused to confirm or deny the reports. But she defended the U.S. policy of flying terror suspects to other countries for interrogation. She said such practices are legal under international law and that torture is forbidden. She said information from detainees has prevented terrorist attacks in Europe. She added it is up to other governments to decide if they want to cooperate with U.S. intelligence. Ms. Rice will also stop in Romania, Ukraine, and at a NATO meeting in Brussels.

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