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Private US security firms operate in Germany in a legal limbo Print

2008/06/18

Under US law, the private security firms are to conduct draconian interrogations of suspects which could be branded as torture in Germany.

The German government on Tuesday confirmed a report in the daily Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper which said that private US security firms, under contract by the US military, are operating in Germany without a bilaterally negotiated legal status.

The private US security companies are cooperating with the US command for military operations in Africa (Africom), based in the southern German city of Stuttgart.

Under US law, the private security firms are to conduct draconian interrogations of suspects which could be branded as torture in Germany.

Responding to a query by a conservative German lawmaker, the Berlin government stated based on a US-German agreement, dating back to the initial post-World II years of American occupation in Germany, it approved the activities of two private American security companies.

According to the head of AFRICOM, General William E. Ward, private security specialists are deployed in the so-called 'global US war on terror' which means they could also be used to torture alleged terror suspects at the US military base in Stuttgart
 
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