Proliferation of Actions in Foreign Courts & International Tribunals Against Secret US Prisons

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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Bruce Zagaris
In November 2005, a proliferation of criminal investigations and trials closely followed revelations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has held suspects in secret prisons in various countries for nearly four years. On November 2, 2005, the Washington Post published a breakthrough article confirming that the CIA has held and interrogated some of its most important al Qaeda captives at secret detention in facilities in sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan, and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guant?namo Bay prison in Cuba. Foreign intelligence services have cooperated with the CIA. The facilities are known as "black sites" in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional documents. Their locations are known to only a handful of officials in the U.S., and generally only to the president and a few top intelligence officers in each host country ? [more]