Obama’s secret prison network

The Associated Press reports:

“Black sites,” the secret network of jails that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain rights in secret, military-run jails across Afghanistan, where they can be interrogated for weeks without charge, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the top-secret network to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that the detention centers exist but described them as temporary holding pens whose primary purpose is to gather intelligence.

The Pentagon also has said that detainees only stay in temporary detention sites for 14 days, unless they are extended under extraordinary circumstances. But U.S. officials told the AP that detainees can be held at the temporary jails for up to nine weeks, depending on the value of information they produce. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified.

The most secretive of roughly 20 temporary sites is run by the military’s elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base. It’s responsible for questioning high-value targets, the detainees suspected of top roles in the Taliban, al-Qaida or other militant groups.

The site’s location, a short drive from a well-known public detention center, has been alleged for more than a year.

The secrecy under which the U.S. runs that jail and about 20 others is noteworthy because of President Barack Obama’s criticism of the old network of secret CIA prisons where interrogators sometimes used the harshest available methods, including the simulated drowning known as waterboarding.

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3 thoughts on “Obama’s secret prison network

  1. Ian Arbuckle

    Yes, Hitler’s SS had rules and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) too, but it boils down to “Vee have veys to make you filsy Jews tock”. Just replace “Jews” with “Muslim Extremists” and you get the picture of what Obama, his NATO allies with help from some expert Zionist technicians are really doing.

    Any good campaign needs an identifiable vilified enemy, real, imagined, or created out of thin air with the help of some false flag and black ops. If one tortures the truth long enough anything becomes reasonable eventually.

    But eventually also the chickens do come home to roost. The violent counter culture is only another economic dip away in the Global Fascist Plutocracies (GFPs). Have you noticed how often crimes are reported these days as “not terrorist related”? Does that not tell you a lot about the expectations of the authorities? Well, in America and Europe they have gutted liberty and human rights just so as to be ready.

    One could say, God help us all, but the truth is it is up to us to stop the tyranny and the hate plus violence it spawns, but most people are too busy pretending to themselves that they will catch the golden ring and a ticket to some gated suburbia next time it passes if left alone just to get another chance to stay on the merry go round.

  2. Johnny Exchange

    If we’re at war, then we should do whatever it takes to win, including holding suspected combatants and HVDs as long as we need to in order to get intel. Obama was totally naive about this as a US Senator… still naive or just idealistic … but I’m glad to hear we still are doing what needs to be done.

  3. genie

    Others are going to do what needs to be done too, to stop what is happening to them. It won’t be fun when the table turns.

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