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Dozens of CIA Prisoners Remain Hidden

By possum

During the time of the Bush administration the CIA operated a series of secret detention centers.  To date the exact number and location of those centers remains unknown.  In addition the number of prisoners held is not known nor is their disposition.  

The recent release of memos concerning the detentions inadvertently named one detainee, Hassan Ghul, whose course is still unknown.

Three years after his capture, human rights groups [5] were surprised when Ghul was not included among 14 high-value detainees who were transferred out of the CIA's black sites program and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007.
Since then he remains a ghost detainee about whom nothing is known.
How many more were held, their names and dispositions continue to be information not in the public eye.  In 2006 Bush
acknowledged the CIA program in September 2006, and transferred 14 prisoners from the secret jails to Guantanamo. Many other prisoners, who had "little or no additional intelligence value," Bush said, "have been returned to their home countries for prosecution or detention by their governments."
Even the Red Cross was not given enough information to track or to find the detainees returned to their respective countries.
Some of those prisoners have since been released by third countries holding them. But it is still unclear what has happened to dozens of others.

Former officials in the Bush administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified information, said that the CIA spent weeks during the summer of 2006 -- shortly before Bush acknowledged the CIA prisons and suspended the program -- transferring prisoners to Pakistani, Egyptian and Jordanian custody.
Public pressure as a result of the disclosure of the sites brought a scramble to move prisoners.

A full list of those still missing may be found here.  The CIA continues to decline any comment or confirmation whatsoever.  The full story remains to be told one day.  Until that time the horror continues.  The truth and only the truth will ever set us free.


Full post as published by Never In Our Names on April 23, 2009 (boomark / email).

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