Prisoner Sheds Harsh Light on "Black Sites"

Testimony undercuts Bush claims about CIA secret facilities for terror suspects
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2007 11:04 AM CST

(Newser) – Details about "black sites"--the network of secret internment facilities for terror suspects the CIA ran until last summer—are emerging as former prisoners tell their stories. The Washington Post interviews Marwan Jabour, an accused al-Qaeda paymaster who spent 28 months in two facilities—where he was drugged, burned, beaten and abused, he claims.

Jabour was released in June, just after the Supreme Court rejected the Bush administration's assertion that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to prisoners like him. Jabour's account conflicts with U.S. portrayal of the CIA system, including standards of treatment and the number of detainees. According to Human Rights Watch, scores have not been accounted for.