Friday, November 04, 2005

CIA "Black Sites"

The story was broken by the Washington Post when it reported on Wednesday that the CIA was running an international network of secret prisons and that the locations included facilities in Eastern Europe.

The European Commission has been taking the allegations very seriously because the existence of any such site, especially if the practice of any degree of torture is involved, would be in breach of both European Community law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Yesterday, the group Human Rights Watch announced that it had identified two sites in Europe: Szymany Airport in Poland and Mihail Kogalniceanu military airfield in Romania. Not surprisingly, the Poles and the Romanians are denying all suggestions that the CIA could possibly have set up secret prisons within their territories. Of course it is feasible that those individuals issuing the denials simply have no knowledge of the existence of secret prisons because they are just that – secret.

Meanwhile, Czech Interior Minister František Bublan has said that the Czech Republic and 10 other countries (which he did not name) had rejected requests from the US to accept prisoners that were being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Today it was also alleged that the CIA has transported prisoners through the airport in Budapest, Hungary.


Riggs is Crazy said...

The key word here is alleged.

If they're secret, how does the Post know about them?

Anyone know if they found out who killed Ron Brown yet? Is the Post or the Times still looking into that?

Monkey's Max said...

I think it's called investigative reporting, Riggs. It's what a free press does.

Riggs is Crazy said...

I don't have much else to say on this one. Have a good weekend Max.

Monkey's Max said...

Thanks, Riggs. You have a good weekend too. x

Anonymous A-Hole said...

Is the press free? I thought that I'd read on this site before that it wasn't. I'm confused.

Monkey's Max said...

Nice try, Asshole. I never said the press was un-free, just that it may not be as free as it could or should be.

Anonymous said...

Then how come I have to pay for my subscription?