Transitions Online 10.12.2014
The CIA overcame Polish officials’ scruples about running a clandestine jail on their territory with money, the explosive U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation methods suggests.
According to the newly declassified report (http://www.intelligence.senate... page 74), “The agreement to host a CIA detention facility in Country [redacted] created multiple, ongoing difficulties.” The country “rejected the transfer of [redacted] which included Khalid Shaykh Muhammad,” accused as the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks on the United States. “The decision was reversed only after the U.S. ambassador intervened with the political leadership. … The following month the CIA provided $ [figure redacted] million” to the country, which soon indicated it was “now flexible with regard to the number of CIA detainees at the facility and when the facility would eventually be closed.”
The report does not mention Poland by name, but, Reuters reports, “it is clear it refers to [Poland] because details such as the names of three detainees and the dates they were transferred match other documents, including a European Court of Human Rights ruling relating to a CIA-run ‘black site’ in Poland.”
President Barack Obama and Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz discussed the report in a conversation 8 December that also touched on Ukraine, according to administration officials, although they provided no other details, USA Today reports.
The Senate report could help Poland conclude its own probe into allegations of a secret CIA jail on its territory, Kopacz said 9 December, the AP reports.
“The CIA declined to comment on the Senate report, and Polish officials have always denied the CIA ran a jail in Poland,” Reuters writes. However, the European Court of Human Rights accepted the allegations as fact in its July ruling, which ordered Poland to pay damages for violating the rights of two leading terror suspects, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah. The Senate report details the abundant use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques on the two men and Khalid Shaykh Muhammad.
After the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaida contemplated similar assaults on Heathrow Airport in London and at one point considered hijacking planes “departing from mainly Eastern European airports” for the purpose, the Senate report states. (p. 295).
CIA paid Poland to host secret prison: Senate report