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14 October 2015: The boom and bust of the CIA's secret torture sites
For the past nine months, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project have been unpicking the redactions in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture to piece together the hidden history of the CIA’s secret sites. This account unveils many of the censored passages in the report summary, drawing on public data sources such as flight records, aviation contracts, court cases, prisoner testimonies, declassified government documents and media and NGO reporting. Although many published accounts of individual journeys through the black site network exist, this is the first comprehensive portrayal of the system’s inner dynamics from beginning to end. Click here for the full story.
2 September 2015: Legal case demands details about how CIA used windowless warehouse in Lithuania as secret prison
The Senate report on CIA torture has helped investigators develop an understanding of the large sums of money that changed hands between the CIA and foreign partners that hosted secret prison sites for the detention of terror suspects, one of which was Lithuania. Lawyers for Mustafa al-Hawsawi, who was held at the secret CIA prison in Lithuania, have filed a case with Lithuanian prosecutors to find out about the torture and abuse that occurred at the site. Click here for the full story.
1 May 2015: CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou calls on journalists to tell ‘full story’ of US torture
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the treatment of al Qaeda suspects held in secret prisons, told the Bureau today it was now down to journalists to “tell the full story” about the intelligence agency’s torture programme because politicians did not have the will. His remarks come as The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project published the first comprehensive profiles of the 119 people secretly detained and tortured by the CIA. Read our full report, view our infographic and see the full data here.
29 April 2015: The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism publish first quarterly report
An unprecedented picture of the 119 individuals secretly detained and tortured by the CIA as part of the US’s war on terror has been published following new research. The analysis, which is summarised in our first quarterly report, reveals 101 of the detainees were held by the CIA for more than a month, and 47 of these for more than a year. Click here for the full story.
17 February 2015: Poland’s complicity in CIA torture programme confirmed as European Court of Human Rights rejects Warsaw’s appeal
The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that the Polish government was complicit in the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation programme. Despite an attempt to challenge the Court's ruling by the Polish government, the Court has ruled that its judgement is final. Two Guantanamo inmates, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were held in the Polish prison and tortured. Click here for the full story.
13 Feruary 2015: US Senate Intelligence Committee corrects CIA torture report
The US Senate Committee on Intelligence has issued a significant correction to an appendix to its report on CIA torture after mistakes were highlighted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The mistakes, which have been put down to a “technical error”, relate to the number of days the detainees were held by the CIA during the programme. The amendments were made after the Bureau, which together with The Rendition Project is investigating many of the details in the torture report, revealed inconsistencies in some figures in the original annex. Click here for the full story.
30 January 2015: interactive timeline of who was in government during the CIA's torture programme
As part of our effort to map the individuals involved in the CIA torture programme, we have published an interactive timeline, freely available here, which shows key government officials in the US, and in those countries which hosted CIA black sites.
15 January 2015: just 35 individuals sent to Guantánamo after their 'interrogations' by the CIA
Milestone research has identified only 36 individuals who were sent to Guantánamo after their 'interrogations' by the CIA. The findings are published 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.