Guardian report confirms Raw Story piece on secret CIA prisons
"Senior security officials" in Romania and Poland have confirmed the existence of secret CIA detention centers used for high profile terror suspects taken into custody following 9/11, reports the Guardian
The British newspaper appears to confirm reporting done by Larisa Alexandrovna and David Dastych for RAW STORY in March. Alexandrovna and Dastych reported on a clandestine detention facility within Poland that was created with the approval of the US and Britain.
According to a Council of Europe report obtained by the Guardian the existence of detention centers inside Poland and Romania has been confirmed.
"None of the prisoners had access to the Red Cross and many were subject to what George Bush has called the CIA's 'enhanced' interrogation methods," reports the Guardian. "These included water-boarding which leads detainees to believe they are drowning, which critics have condemned as severe torture."
According to the Council report, there is "sufficient grounds to declare that the highest state authorities were aware of the CIA's illegal activities on their territories."
Excerpts from the Guardian follow:
Although suspicions about the secret CIA prisons have existed for more than a year, the council's report, which has been seen by the Guardian, appears to offer the first concrete evidence. It also details the prisons' operations and the identities of some of the prisoners.
The council has also established that within weeks of the 9/11 attacks, Nato signed an agreement with the US that allowed civilian jets used by the CIA during its so-called extraordinary rendition programme to move across member states' airspace.
READ THE FULL GUARDIAN REPORT HERE
READ RAW'S PREVIOUS REPORTING HERE