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CIA Shuts Secret Prisons, Bans Outside Interrogators

Panetta also bans outside contractors from conducting interrogations

(Newser) - The CIA is permanently shutting down its secret overseas prisons and will forbid outside contractors from conducting any future interrogations, the New York Times reports. CIA chief Leon Panetta said the so-called "black sites"—thought to be in places such as Afghanistan, Thailand, and Poland—haven't been used...

Senate to Probe Bush-Era CIA

Inquiry to focus on controversial interrogation and detention program

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee plans a sweeping investigation into the CIA's actions under President Bush, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials say the probe is a fact-finding mission rather than an investigation into whether laws were broken, but the inquiry is certain to put the spotlight back on the agency's...

Prez to Shut Gitmo, Secret CIA Prisons

Orders directing sweeping detention, interrogation overhaul expected today

(Newser) - The president will sign orders today ordering the Guantanamo Bay detention center shut down within a year—and directing the CIA to dismantle its network of secret prisons overseas, government officials tell the New York Times. The CIA will still be allowed to detain terror suspects in foreign countries, but...

Obama's In for an Awkward CIA Transition

His tough campaign rhetoric sets tone as left looks for change

(Newser) - On the campaign trail, Barack Obama frequently railed against the CIA’s secret jails and harsh interrogation techniques. Now, he must lead the agency, and the transition’s already proving rocky, the New York Times reports. Liberal outcry derailed his rumored pick for director, John Brennan. Brennan was chief of...

Lawyers Declare Innocence of Waterboarding Victim

Gitmo detainee 'was never in al Qaeda'

(Newser) - Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah isn’t a member of al Qaeda or the Taliban, his lawyers contend, and he’s never tried to harm American citizens. Held in CIA secret prisons and waterboarded, Zubaydah wasn’t given anything “that would satisfy even the most basic notions of due process,...

US 'Buried' Tortured Yemeni in Jail for Years: Rights Group

Prisoner finally freed without charge was hung upside down, beaten

(Newser) - A Yemeni man was held by the US in secret prisons for nearly three years and subjected to torture after his capture in Iraq, a human rights group has charged in a condemnation of America's "cruel" defiance of international law. The man, Khaled al-Maqtari, was held in Baghdad's notorious...

Military: Secret Prison Hidden at Gitmo

'High-value' suspects held in mystery prison within prison

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay's top commander has confirmed the existence of a secret prison within the prison holding 15 "high-value" al-Qaeda detainees, AP reports. Prisoners at the mysterious Camp 7 include alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The camp's exact location is a secret, even to many military officials. Commanders insist...

New Claims of Taped CIA Torture

Lawyers to present evidence to Senate panel

(Newser) - Evidence that another CIA detainee was videotaped allegedly being tortured by interrogators is expected to be presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow, reports Time magazine. A former suburban Baltimore high school student underwent unspecified "systematic torture" that may have involved waterboarding in a secret CIA prison in 2003,...

CIA Sat on Tapes of Al Qaeda Questionings

Agency told court no recordings existed during trial of Moussaoui

(Newser) - Though it twice declared otherwise in court, the CIA has three video and audio recordings of high-level al Qaeda interrogations, federal prosecutors revealed yesterday. The defense team for convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui requested the tapes, but the CIA denied their existence. The tapes probably won’t undo Moussaoui’s conviction—...

CIA Finds No Escape From Secret Prisons

New report places 'black sites' first exposed in 2005 in Poland, Romania

(Newser) - The secret CIA prisons are back. The US cashed in on military alliances with an eager Poland and Romania to skirt civilian regulations on torture and tk, says a report by Europe's central human rights council released today. The report sheds new light on the so-called 'black sites,' which...

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