- Title: Trump could reinstate CIA's secret 'black site' prisons - U.S. officials
- Date: 25th January 2017
- Summary: IN AIR, SZYMANY, POLAND (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS AERIAL SHOTS OF SZYMANY AIRPORT, SAID TO BE USED IN TRANSFER OF CIA PRISONERS MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, ROMANIA (FILE - DECEMBER 19, 2005) (REUTERS) (NOTE - THE PEOPLE PORTRAYED IN THIS FILE PIECE ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE CIA STORY) ENTRANCE OF THE MIHAI KOGALNICEANU MILITARY BASE, ALLEGED TO BE USED FOR TRANSFER OF CIA PRISONERS STREET SIGN INSIDE THE BASE NAMED AFTER GEORGE WASHINGTON DECOMMISSIONED MIG-29 FIGHTER JETS WHEEL OF MIG 29 JET MIG-29 FUSELAGE MILITARY HELICOPTER READY TO TAKE OFF HELICOPTER TAKING OFF VARIOUS OF HELICOPTER LANDING A MECHANIC OPENING THE ENGINE BONNET AT THE HELICOPTER TWO AVIATORS TALKING (NOT CONNECTED WITH CIA STORY) SOLDIERS PUSHING HELICOPTER TOWARDS THE HANGAR VARIOUS OF MILITARY PLANE'S TAKE-OFF RADAR STATION VARIOUS OF BUILDING USED AS A WAREHOUSE FOR ROCKETS VARIOUS OF DECOMMISSIONED MIG 23 JETS ANTAVILIAI, LITHUANIA (FILE-APRIL 26, 2012) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF COMPOUND THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY USED AS A CIA DETENTION CENTRE SIGN READING (Lithuanian): "TERRITORY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. NO ENTRY" VARIOUS OF COMPOUND THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY USED AS A CIA DETENTION CENTRE
- Embargoed: 8th February 2017 19:49
- Keywords: Donald Trump CIA black sites Nancy Pelosi Poland Romania
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / IN AIR, SZYMANY, POLAND / MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, ROMANIA / ANTAVILIAI, LITHUANIA / LANGLEY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / IN AIR, SZYMANY, POLAND / MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, ROMANIA / ANTAVILIAI, LITHUANIA / LANGLEY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00360KZ0AV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review that could lead to the reinstatement of a CIA program to hold terrorist suspects in secret overseas "black site" prisons that used interrogation techniques often condemned as torture, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday (January 25).
The black sites were used to detain suspects who were captured in the "war on terrorism" launched by former President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The now defunct program's Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, which included simulated drowning known as water boarding, were criticized around the world. Former President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. officials denounced water boarding as torture.
The officials said Trump is expected to issue an executive order in the next few days. It would call for a high-level review into "whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States" and whether the CIA should run the facilities," according to a copy of the draft published by the Washington Post.
"There is widespread opposition in Congress, in U.S. intelligence agencies and within the military to reopening black sites and revisiting the use of harsh interrogation techniques, according to the serving officers.
"I think this will be a step backward and I'm not alone in thinking that, what he -- the path he's going down is wrong. It is not about our values as a country and don't ask me; just ask John McCain and others," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California.
"The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America," Senator John McCain, a Republican, said in a statement.
Asked about the issues, Trump administration spokesman Sean Spicer said the draft was not a White House document.
The CIA black sites were located in Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Thailand and Afghanistan.
In 2006, Bush ended the use of harsh interrogation techniques and closed all the blacks sites except for one in Kabul.
Trump's draft order also would authorize a review of interrogation techniques that U.S. officials could use on terrorism suspects, and keep open the detention center at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and send new prisoners there.
Trump vowed during the 2016 election campaign to resume water boarding and a "hell of a lot worse."
The draft on the Washington Post web site says that, "No person in the custody of the United States shall at any time be subjected to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as proscribed by U.S. law."
However, the Justice Department under Trump could issue an interpretation of U.S. law that allows for the use of harsh interrogation techniques as occurred in the so-called "Torture Memos" drafted under the Bush administration in 2002 and subsequently withdrawn.
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