U.S. Acknowledges Secret-Prison Concern

By ANNE GEARAN in Netscpae News

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration acknowledged Tuesday that reports of secret U.S.-run prisons overseas for terror suspects have raised an outcry among European allies and said the U.S. will account for its actions.

Without confirming that any CIA detention sites exist in Europe, a State Department spokesman said the U.S. has not violated either its own laws or international treaties.

“The United States in its actions does not break U.S. law,” said spokesman Sean McCormack. “All its actions comply with the Constitution and we abide by our international obligations.

“And all we can do is do our best to try to explain that to publics around the world – to our own public and to European publics or wherever the question may arise.”

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