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CIA Shuts Secret Prisons Under Obama Order

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 10, 2009


The CIA is no longer operating secret prisons used to interrogate terror suspects with harsh techniques such as waterboarding, the agency’s director has said.


Leon Panetta confirmed the move in response to an order from Barack Obama, which was one of his first after taking office as US President in January.

“CIA no longer operates detention facilities or black sites and has proposed a plan to decommission the remaining sites,” the spy chief said in a letter to agency employees.

“I have directed our agency personnel to take charge of the decommissioning process and have further directed that the contracts for site security be promptly terminated.”

The so-called “black sites” were used to detain suspects captured in the war on terror launched by former President George Bush after the September 11 attacks.

Human rights groups claimed the secret prisons were located in central and eastern Europe, including Poland, Romania and in former Yugoslavia, as welobama1l as in the Horn of Africa and on US Navy ships.






The CIA acknowledged three suspects were subjected to waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning widely condemned as a form of torture, at such black sites.

Mr Panetta said the CIA retained the authority to detain suspects “on a short-term transitory basis”.

But he added agents would use “a dialogue style of questioning that is fully consistent with the interrogation approaches authorised and listed in the Army Field Manual,” which bans harsh techniques.

“CIA officers do not tolerate, and will continue to promptly report, any inappropriate behaviour or allegations of abuse,” he said.

“That holds true whether a suspect is in the custody of an American partner or a foreign liaison service.”

A report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which was leaked last month, found the treatment of inmates at black sites run by the CIA amounted to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.

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