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‘They were held incommunicado for much longer than I think should be permitted in this country – anywhere – but particularly given the strong constitutional rights afforded to people who are being charged with crimes,” said Sarah Gelsomino, the lawyer for Brian Jacob Church. Photograph: Phil Batta/Guardian
‘The real danger in allowing practices like Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,’ criminologist Tracy Siska told the Guardian. Photograph: Chandler West/Guardian
Brian Jacob Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly, known as the ‘Nato Three’. Photograph: AP/Cook County sheriff's office
CIA Secret Detention
Fast Facts/ Statistics
- At least 136 individuals were secretly detained by the CIA and at least 54 governments reportedly participated in the CIA’s secret detention; classified government documents may reveal many more.
- President Bush has stated that about a hundred detainees were held under the CIA secret detention program, about a third of them were questioned using “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
- The CIA’s Office of Inspector General has reportedly investigated a number of “erroneous renditions” in which the CIA had taken and detained the wrong people. A CIA officer told the Washington Post: “They picked up the wrong people, who had no information. In many, many cases there was only little association” with terrorism.
- Abu Zubaydah was water boarded at least 83 times by the CIA.
- Torture is prohibited in all circumstances under international law and allegations of torture must be investigated and criminally punished. The United States prosecuted Japanese interrogators for “water boarding” U.S. prisoners during World War II.
- On November 20, 2002, Gul Rahman froze to death in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan called the “Salt Pit,” after a CIA case officer ordered guards to strip him naked, chain him to the concrete floor, and leave him there overnight without blankets.
- The Senate Select Intelligence Committee has completed a 6,000 page report that further details the CIA detention and interrogation operations with access to classified sources. However, the report itself remains classified.
"Once the classic method of lynching was the rope. Now it is the policeman’s bullet."
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- Website Title: Center for Constitutional Rights Article Title: FAQs: What Are Ghost Detentions and Black Sites Date Accessed: June 01, 2015