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WASHINGTON:Dec.10 – The CIA paid at least a million dollars to Poland for it to host secret prisons, where it incarcerated alleged 9/11 terror suspects, according to the recent US torture report which was released on Tuesday and that we reported.
Warsaw had initially tried to halt the transfer of suspects, but after a generous offer, it suddenly became more “flexible.”
Although redacted, the US torture report does not name Poland, calling it just the “Country”. Details such as the names of the detainees transferred to the country and the time they arrived at the CIA“black site” match the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the existence of a CIA“black site” in Poland.
“In December 2002, the two individuals then being detained by the CIA in [the] Country (Abu Zubaydah and ‘Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri) were transferred to [the] Country,” says the report.
According to the report, the agreement to host a CIA detention facility in the Country“created multiple, ongoing difficulties between [the] Country and the CIA.”
Poland then proposed a “Memorandum of Understanding” covering the relative roles and responsibilities of the CIA, but the agency refused to sign the document.
“Four months after the site began hosting CIA detainees, [the] Country rejected the transfer,” says the document.
Warsaw rejected the transfer of Khalid Shaykh [Sheikh] Muhammad, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
However Poland’s decision was “reversed” only after the US ambassador “intervened” with Warsaw.
“The following month the CIA provided $ X million to [the]Country’s [officials]” and the “political leadership, indicated that [the] Country was now flexible with regard to the number of CIA detainees at the facility,” says the report. The sum was redacted in the report.
The document states the detention facility was closed, as had been previously agreed, in 2003.
Years later, Polish officials were “extremely upset”at the CIA’s “inability to keep secrets.” Polish authorities were also “deeply disappointed” that they hadn’t been warned before President George W. Bush publicly acknowledged the program’s existence in 2006, says the document.
Warsaw has always denied the existence of such black sites on its territory, while the US acknowledged the presence of facilities outside US jurisdiction, but didn’t identify the exact locations of them.
Reuters tried to reach a Polish government spokeswoman by phone and email, but she didn’t respond.
The document doesn’t name the “US ambassador”to Poland who was mentioned in the report. But at the time Christopher Hill (2000–2004) was in the post. Mr Hill hasn’t yet commented on the report.
A spokesman for Leszek Miller, who was the Polish PM from 2001 to 2004, declined to comment.
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We fight enemies that don’t adhere to the Geneva Convention, We put unrealistic rules of engagement on the boots on the ground. We are being led by a crew that doesn’t want to be in a war but feels compelled to go at it with one of the agencies, flawed yes, but next to the military or equal to it. Step out of the way. Drop and give me 50.