Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bush fesses up on secret prisons

Bush admits secret CIA prisons
PM - Thursday, 7 September , 2006 18:29:00
Reporter: David Mark
MARK COLVIN: The President of the United States has admitted that what many long suspected: the CIA runs a network of secret prisons. George W. Bush made the admission in a speech overnight in which he announced new legislation for trying terrorism suspects.

Administration’s Secret Prison System Violates Law
Earler this year, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the United States was adhering to both U.S. law and treaty obligations outlawing torture:

And as we carry out the war on terrorism, and seek to prevent attacks from happening, we must adhere to those laws, and we must adhere to those treaty obligations and we must adhere to — we must adhere to our values. [White House, 3/17/05]

Rights group leader says U.S. has secret jails

Top GOP senator says Gitmo hearings might be appropriate
Monday, June 6, 2005 Posted: 3:35 AM EDT (0735 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The chief of Amnesty International USA alleged Sunday that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is part of a worldwide network of U.S. jails, some of them secret, where prisoners are mistreated and even killed.

U.S. officials responded with outrage. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld rebuffed such a comparison, saying a gulag was where the Soviets "kept millions in forced labor concentration camps."

President Bush said the comparison was "absurd" and Vice President Dick Cheney said he was offended by Amnesty's assertions.
Above right:
In Afghanistan, the largest CIA covert prison was code-named the Salt Pit.
Photo Credit: Space Imaging Middle East Photo


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