Another CIA secret prison revealed, CIA calls report ‘irresponsible’…Posted: August 21, 2009
A new report today has identified the location of yet a third CIA secret prison provided by a European nation, a disclosure called “irresponsible” by the CIA, and denied by the alleged facility host, the former Soviet state of Lithuania.
A third European country has been identified to ABC News as providing the CIA with facilities for a secret prison for high-value al Qaeda suspects: Lithuania, the former Soviet state.
Former CIA officials directly involved or briefed on the highly classified program tell ABC News that Lithuanian officials provided the CIA with a building on the outskirts of Vilnius, the country’s capital, where as many as eight suspects were held for more than a year, until late 2005 when they were moved because of public disclosures about the program. Flight logs viewed by ABC News confirm that CIA planes made repeated flights into Lithuania during that period”.
“According to a former intelligence official involved in the program, the former Soviet Bloc country agreed to host a prison because it wanted better relations with the U.S. Asked whether the Bush administration or the CIA offered incentives in return for allowing the prison, the official said, “We didn’t have to.” The official said, “They were happy to have our ear.”
Through their embassy in Washington, the Lithuanian government denied hosting a secret CIA facility.
Valdas Adamkus was president of Lithuania during most of the time frame that the prison was allegedly in operation. Adamkus, who was also an American citizen, had worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where he earned the EPA’s gold medal for achievements in service, and an award of the President for outstanding service. Adamkus resigned in 1997, and was elected president of Lithuania the following year.
Lithuania is a member of the European Union and has ratified the Convention Against Torture and the European Human Rights Convention, as did the other European Union host site of CIA prisons, Poland, and Romania.
Waterboarding and other practices associated with the operation of the black sites would be criminal acts under Lithuanian law.
The CIA Inspector General’s report detailing the first years of the CIA interrogation program conducted at these secret locations is set to be released on Monday in response to Freedom of Information Act litigation. Attorney General Eric Holder is said to be considering appointing a special prosecutor to investigate claims of abuses that took place during interrogation of high-value al Qaeda detainees, which included waterboarding and sleep deprivation. The ABC News report states that “the unredacted portions will reveal how and when CIA interrogators used methods and tactics that were not permitted by the OLC.”
Source: Raw Story