CIA Uses Jordan to Detain, Interrogate Prisoners

At least 12 terror suspects have been held, possibly tortured
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 4:48 PM CST
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(Newser) – The CIA has been using the Jordanian spy agency to secretly hold, interrogate, and possibly torture terrorism suspects, reports the Washington Post. At least 12 suspects have been detained near Amman before being shipped to Guantanamo and other prisons, says the report, based on interviews with former prisoners and human rights advocates.

The CIA has had an increasingly close relationship with Jordan's General Intelligence Department since the 9/11 attacks, the Post notes, and has reportedly made use of the GID's expertise at making people talk using whatever means necessary. Guantanamo prisoners who passed through Jordan describe torture and beatings at the hands of the GID. The CIA denies the allegations.