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Europe "fails to act" on CIA rendition lessons

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Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:55pm GMT

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) - European states have failed to tighten controls on foreign security agents since being caught up in scandals over secret CIA prisoner transfers, the head of the continent's top human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

Terry Davis, Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, said their inaction over the past two years reflected U.S. pressure and an absence of political will.