The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia.
Jeremy Scahill at The Nation
reports on a CIA facility at Mogadishu's international airport used for a "counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives," as well as a secret prison "buried in the basement of Somalia's National Security Agency" where "some of the prisoners have been snatched off the streets of Kenya and rendered by plane to Mogadishu." [more inside]
On June 6th, Shahram Amiri - an Iranian nuclear scientist -- appeared on a YouTube video
claiming he was abducted by US and Saudi authorities in Medina, drugged and flown to the US. On June 7th, a second video on Youtube
appeared where he, or someone claiming to be him, said he was fine, studying in the US. (The U.S. government has no official comment
but cited him as a source on Iran's nuclear program.) A 3rd video
backed the first.
Now Pakistan says Amiri is in hiding in its Washington embassy's Iranian interests section
under asylum and making arrangements to get back to Iran. How he got there, and why, is a mystery. [more inside]
Interrogation techniques used by the CIA on al-Qaeda suspects "constituted torture"
, according to a report by the International Red Cross.
The CIA's Odd Man Out:
CIA station chief Bob Lady coordinated the secret kidnapping of Islamic militant Abu Omar in Milan
and Omar's "extreme rendition" to Egypt where he was tortured. Italy indicted various CIA agents; Lady is on the run in Central America, abandoned by the agency. The twist: Lady opposed the mission all along. And Abu Omar will probably end up with Lady's home in the foothills of the Alps. [more inside]
The Black Sites.
"A rare look inside the C.I.A.’s secret interrogation program."
Missing presumed tortured
More than 7,000 prisoners have been captured in America's war on terror. Just 700 ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Between extraordinary rendition
to foreign jails and disappearance into the CIA's "black sites", what happened to the rest
CIA Officer Fired for Leaking Classified Info to Media
Newsfilter. The president, we are told, leaked via Libby a secret to the press. That is ok. The leak was telling the press that laws were being broken--FISA subverted--so that undermining national laws becomes a crime only when it is revealed?
A CIA officer has been relieved of his duty after being caught leaking classified information to the media.
Citing the Privacy Act, the CIA would not provide any details about the officer's identity or assignments.
"It wouldn't surprise me if we paid rewards"
--As part of the AP's receipt of transcripts of the millitary tribunals in Guantanamo, multiple reports of our allies using money the US gave them to buy "terrorists" for shipment there. ..."When I was in jail, they said I needed to pay them money and if I didn't pay them, they'd make up wrong accusations about me and sell me to the Americans and I'd definitely go to Cuba," he told the tribunal. "After that I was held for two months and 20 days in their detention, so they could make wrong accusations about me and my (censored), so they could sell us to you."
Another prisoner said he was on his way to Germany in 2001 when he was captured and sold for "a briefcase full of money" then flown to Afghanistan before being sent to Guantanamo....
The secret history of America’s “extraordinary rendition” program.