Senate torture report confirms CIA had ‘black site’ at Guantánamo, lied to Congress. Are they still operating it?

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters)


U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters)

Carol Rosenberg, a Miami Herald reporter who has singlehandedly kept the Gitmo story alive as America tries to ignore it, writes about the sexual torture and other forms of abuse carried out at Guantánamo Bay. The Senate “torture report” [PDF] released this week confirms that the CIA maintained a so-called “black site” where torture was administered to prisoners, and that the CIA deceived Congress about the existence of such a site.

In 2004, as the U.S. Supreme Court was poised to let Guantánamo captives consult lawyers for the first time, the CIA spirited some men who now face death-penalty trials from a clandestine lockup at the U.S. Navy base — and didn’t tell Congress.

Two years later, even as President George W. Bush announced at the White House Rose Garden that the spy agency had transferred its most prized captives to Guantánamo for trial, the alleged al-Qaida terrorists were still under control of the CIA.

The release of 524 pages of the 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report confirms for the first time that the CIA used Guantánamo as a black site — and continued to run the prison that held the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and 13 other men even as the Pentagon was charged to prosecute them.

This new Miami Herald piece by Rosenberg contains graphic details of torture which sane people should find revolting.

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