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The Rendition Project is a collaborative research initiative run by Dr Ruth Blakeley at the University of Kent and Dr Sam Raphael at Kingston University. This project brings together and analyses the huge amount of data that exists about the CIA's rendition and secret detention programme. Click here for more information about using the website.
Just 35 individuals sent to Guantánamo after their 'interrogations' by the CIA
Milestone research by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project has identified only 35 individuals who were sent to Guantánamo after their 'interrogations' by the CIA. The findings are the result of new investigations by the Bureau and The Rendition Project, resulting in a new database, freely available here, which begins to provide details of what happened to each of the 119 individuals named in last month's Senate Intelligence Committee's report into the CIA's secret detention and interrogation programme. This comprehensive timeline was produced by correlating new information in the Senate report with previously published investigations, legal findings, flight data and other material, including unpublished documents on file with the international NGO Reprieve. Click here for the full story.
The on-going investigations are being made possible with the help of the Freedom of the Press Foundation which has launched a major crowd-funding appeal for donations for this important project.
Background on the CIA Torture Project
In December 2014, the US Senate Intelligence Committee published a 499-page summary report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program–or torture. It detailed how, in secret CIA facilities overseas between 2002 and 2007, prisoners were subjected to "enhanced interrogation" techniques, such as waterboarding, beatings and "rectal feeding". The committee's chair, Senator Dianne Feinstein, described it as "a stain on our values and on our history". However, many believe that in reality the report–and its evidence of potential government criminality–has since been buried and forgotten.
The on-going investigations by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project are a determined attempt to ensure that is not the case. Our aim is to try to establish the fates and whereabouts of all 119 prisoners.
The Guardian has described The Rendition Project as a 'groundbreaking research project which sheds unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations of recent years'.
Our work has been funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and is accredited under the Global Uncertainties programme. We are also indebted to the team of research assistants who worked on the project throughout 2011-2012, as well as to those other organisations and individuals that have led the way in investigating rendition, representing detainees, and informing the public.