Today, we witnessed once again how an ad-hoc alliance inside the European Parliament (EP), composed of a strange mix of extreme right and left, socialists and liberals, is turning the European Union towards anything else but the real problems of the European citizens.
A majority of 329 MEPs voted in favour of the “European Parliament Resolution on follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 11 February 20015 on the US Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA”. The 299 votes of EPP and the rest of the political forces it managed to gather around its views were not enough to stop this Resolution which does not reflect the needs and interests of the EU citizens but the ones of Russia.
Both the Report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) about the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and the Romanian Senate Report on the presence of CIA’s Detention Centres provided no proof regarding the use of torture on CIA’s prisoners in secrete facilities on the Romanian territory.
Based on a mosaic of press cuts, NGO’s allegations and twisted interpretations, today’s EP Resolution brings harsh accuses against some of the Members States, without having any clear evidences. Moreover, EP Resolution interferes with several judicial proceedings that are taking place as we speak, meant to bring light over this never-ending story.
The EP Resolution hampers not only with undergoing judicial proceedings but also with matters of national security and sovereignty. Its request towards the European Commission for a “White Paper” that “will define what does not fall within the notion of ‘national security’” represents both an infringement of the national competences and a major security breach in the future. At just one vote margin, this demand did not pass today’s vote, which does not exclude its repetition in a future Resolution on similar topics, backed by populism and lack of vision.