Citizens' group aims to investigate CIA rendition program

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A citizens' group announced plans Wednesday to hold public hearings in North Carolina to highlight a government program they hope won't be repeated: the secret CIA interrogation sites where suspected terrorists might be tortured.

The group of academics, retired military officers and ministers aims to investigate and focus attention on the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program started after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The initially secret anti-terrorism program saw suspects captured and sometimes kidnapped, then transferred to locations in countries where they were interrogated and often tortured outside the reach of U.S. law.

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