10 “Secret” Prisons The CIA Conducted Ruthless Torture
10 “Secret” Prisons The CIA Conducted Ruthless Torture
According to many investigative reports, the Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, has many secret prisons across the globe. Not only that, but inmates are subjected to inhumane treatment and cannot exercise any of their legal rights. The CIA use what they call “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” in these prisons, and inmates are subjected to waterboarding, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, humiliation and beatings… Their understanding of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” is basically torture. Here are the 10 most dangerous prisons where the CIA torture inmates ruthlessly:
Diego Garcia Island (Indian Ocean)
Diego Garcia is a coral island 1,600 kilometres south of India and 3,200 kilometres east of Tanzania. During the 60s and 70s the United Kingdom, upon the request of the U.S.A, exiled the locals of the island to various African countries to build a military base they called “Camp Thunder Cove.”
The camp’s existence was denied for years, but Colin Powell’s adviser Lawrence Wilkerson admitted it was true during an interview. According to Wilkerson, the camp was a military base where terrorists had been taken to be “specially interrogated” and its activity had increased since the 9/11 attacks
Temara Interrogation Center (Morocco)
Temara Interrogation Center is located in a forest 8.7 miles to Morocco’s capital Rabat and it’s run by a Moroccan military unit called DST.
In 2003, Morocco was supervised by a committee tied to the UN and it was found that incidences of torture had risen considerably, even though the country had achieved a lot in terms of human rights. Then in 2004, Amnesty International claimed that the DST was punishing its inmates with torture and that most of this was happening in Temara. According to the report of Amnesty International, the camp’s military staff were beating and humiliating inmates, executing them with electric chairs, burning them and waterboarding them.
I can almost hear you say “well what does this have to do with the CIA?” In 2010, the Associated Press reported that many American politicians confessed that the center was run by the Moroccan state
but it was financed by the CIA. The Moroccan state still denies the existence of the camp until this day
Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport (Romania)
According to Romanian government agencies, the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport, located in Romania’s Dobruca region, is only used as a transfer point for inmates arrested by the CIA. Romania claims that the airport is not used for any form of detainment or interrogation.
In 2008 a Romanian politician who wanted to remain anonymous told USA Today that only American soldiers were allowed in the 3 military buildings located in the airport. In 2010, Der Spiegel reported that a group of 23 people, among whom were Iraqi and Afghani prisoners, were detained in the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport. Even though there isn’t much evidence about the center, it is clear that there is a lot going on in the airport..
Green Interrogation Center (Thailand)
Even though Thailand claims that not a single CIA center exists on its soil, many reports point to the existence of a mysterious place called Green Interrogation Center. Why is it a mysterious place you say? Well, because nobody really knows where it’s located…
According to an article published by the Guardian in 2009, some CIA agents admitted there were 92 tapes of interviews of terror suspects that were later destroyed. The Guardian newspaper also claimed that this mysterious center is where the CIA conducts experiments with their Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.
One of the people the CIA used as a guinea pig was a Saudi citizen named Abu Zubaydah. It’s claimed that the inmate suffered waterboarding extensively in this center
Camp Lemonnier (Djibouti)
Djibouti, which is located in East Africa, is close to Yemen and Somalia which are hot spots for terrorist activity. It is an important strategic location for the American army. Djibouti’s Ambouli International Airport hosts an American military base called “Camp Lemonnier.”
According to a news report done by Al Jazeera in 2014, the base is also used by the CIA to interrogate inmates and subject them to torture. An interesting aspect of the news report is that even though president Obama decided to close down all black sites in 2009, these atrocities continued until 2012 in Camp Lemonnier
Next up is the mysterious riding school located in a village called Antavilia, 16 kilometers away from Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius. According to the Washington Post, this riding school was converted into a prison in 2004 so the CIA could interrogate Al-Qaida members caught in Afganistan.
Villagers claim that American contractors dug around the land surrounding the school and built an interrogation center under it. An ex-CIA agent, who wanted to remain anonymous, was interviewed by ABC News and said that the center had been in operation for years and that it housed 8 suspected terrorists. Following this, the center was sold to the Lithuanian state and is currently being used as a state security center
According to a news article published in the Guardian in 2008, America confessed it housed 26,000 inmates in their secret prisons and their ships travelling the globe. The report also included that 17 American war ships were used by the CIA as torture centers. One of these ships is called Ashland. It houses 500 American troops and it is thought to be connected with hundreds of kidnappings and instances of torture around the world
Stare Kiejkuty (Poland)
Located in the northeast of Poland is the Stare Kiejkuty military base.It’s a no-entry zone and inside it there is a site that was used as a Nazi police station during the 2nd World War. On paper a holiday camp, the area was used by the Polish intelligence during the 1970’s.
According to Polish officials who talked to the BBC in 2008, the area was used by the CIA as a military base to imprison its most dangerous inmates. Again, according to the BBC the architect of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was interrogated in this location.
In 2014, Poland’s ex-president Alexander Kwasniewski stated that during his years in office between 1995-2005, he made an agreement with the U.S.A. allowing the CIA to build black sites in Poland
The Salt Pit (Afghanistan)
The CIA bought an old brick factory in the north of Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul and converted it into a prison in 2002.
In 2012, The Daily Beast described this military base as a dungeon where the CIA conducted sadistic practices, as many deaths were reported here. An example of this is Gul Rahman, who after having been stripped of his clothes was beaten and then chained to a wall on a cold night, left to die. A lawsuit filed following the event resulted in no CIA agent being responsible of Rahman’s death. In fact, one of the agents who chained him to a wall was awarded $2,500 dollars for being “consistent on the job” only after 5 months of Rahman’s death
Camp Eagle (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
In 2005, two Bosnian men, named Nihad Karsic and Almin Harbeus, stated openly on the national TV station BHTV the torture they were subjected to in Camp Eagle. The men said they were detained under the suspicion they were terrorists and were kept on the camp for a long time.
During their detainment, the men claimed they were beaten by soldiers and were interrogated by American agents in civilian clothes, and after their release they were given 500 American dollars to keep their mouths shut.