Report: CIA Paid Poland for Black Site

CIA officials paid Polish intelligence $15 million for use of secret prison, says Washington Post

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New details have emerged about a CIA prison in Poland that was allegedly at the center of the United States’ controversial policy of extraordinary rendition in the years after the September 11 attacks. A lengthy report in The Washington Post Thursday has resurrected a five-year-old investigation into the collusion of Polish officials with the interrogations of al Qaeda suspects, which, if true, could lead to prosecutions there.

The Washington Post alleges that CIA officials paid Polish intelligence $15 million—handed over in cardboard boxes—in exchange for access to a villa tucked away in the Polish lake district, where operatives ran a secret prison and employed interrogation techniques that many in the international community, included President Barack Obama, have labeled torture.

The alleged site, codenamed “Quartz,” operated from late 2002 to September 2003, after which the detainees housed there were transferred to prisons in Romania, Morocco, and Lithuania before being eventually deposited at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Former CIA officials cited in the report described “dramatic positive results” yielded through the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who masterminded the attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, was among the detainees, and was waterboarded 183 times at the facility.

Polish prosecutors said Friday that the Washington Post report may contain new evidence to be used into their investigation into what role Polish officials played in creating or operating the facility. The European Court of Human Rights is expected to issue a decision this year on whether or not Poland violated international law by allowing an American torture facility to operate on its soil. Polish officials have denied the existence of a secret CIA prison in the country.

The debate over controversial interrogations practices employed by the United States after September 11, 2001, is set to be reopened, the Post reports, as the Senate Intelligence Committee prepares to release portions of a classified 6,000-page report on the program.

The CIA declined to comment to The Washington Post on the report, as did Polish officials.

[The Washington Post]

8 comments
TeeWhit
TeeWhit

Obama wasn't president in 2002 to 2003.....or 2001 for that matter....this is George's legacy, that's the truth.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

At the rate this country is going, time will come nobody would trust us anymore. Not only do we break our promise and our word to our friends {Taiwan, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Israel} we put them at risk by betraying their confidence. Time will come and it surely will when we will need those friends again and they will us away at arms length. This is one of the legacies Obama will leave behind that is destructive to our country`s future.

vgupta123
vgupta123

"that MANY in the international community, included President Barack Obama, have labeled torture."


And what would you call it, Mr. Nicks? Do you always ask other people's opinion before calling something torture? 


When someone is raped, do you report it as, "something that many people, including President Obama, have labeled rape?"


PaulDirks
PaulDirks

that many in the international community, included President Barack Obama, have labeled torture.


Note for journalists. If you are not referring to waterboarding as torture, then you have no business in the news business. The law is quite clear on the subject:



(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—(A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;(B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;(C)the threat of imminent death; or(D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@vgupta123It is the American way. Secure others approval first before proceeding. How we came down low started with the reset, leading from behind, Arab Spring and the rest of those empty slogans. And many people are quivering over Hillary. God forbid.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@PaulDirksJust like the beheading of Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg and the rest is torture. At the rate you are going someday you cannot stare at a Muslim terrorist without being labeled torture.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91@ReneDemonteverdeHere we are again. Deflecting never answering. That was Reagan this is Obama now, Mantis. By the way have you seen Miss AlphaJuliette. My questions remained unanswered. What is it with you Obamabots that seem allergic to truth ?