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Online project tracks U.S. rendition program

KENT, England, May 22 (UPI) -- Investigation by British groups on the U.S. government's terrorist detention activities has shed new light on the CIA's methods, researchers said.

The website of The Rendition Project documents details of the rendition program secretly operated by the CIA in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the British newspaper The Guardian reported Wednesday.

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The Rendition Project, funded by British government money, is the work by researchers at the University of Kent, Kingston University and the legal charity Reprieve, the newspaper said. The three-year project also received logistical support from the British government.

The website notes that, although no detainees were aboard aircraft taking off and landing in Britain, the CIA planes refueled in Britain while conducting renditions, including one in which two men were apprehended in Sweden and flown to Egypt, where they allegedly were tortured, and others involving flights to and from a secret CIA base in Romania.

"By bringing together a vast collection of documents and data, the Rendition Project publishes the most detailed picture to date of the scale, operation and evolution of the global system of rendition and secret detention in the so-called war on terror," University of Kent senior lecturer Ruth Blakeley said.

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