President Trump is drafting an executive order that could open the path for the CIA to reopen prisons outside the U.S. known as “black sites.”
The draft of the order, obtained by the Associated Press, seeks a review of interrogation procedures and rules used by intelligence agencies.
That review will also cover the question of whether to reopen “black sites,” which the U.S. government, until 2009, used to interrogate and sometimes torture terrorism suspects.
Overseas “Black sites” were authorized by presidential order by former President George W. Bush in the days after 9/11 to allow for enhanced interrogation techniques of detainees that would not have been allowed on U.S. soil.
Their existence only came to public light in 2006.
The order would request a review that covers the question of whether to reopen “black sites,” which the CIA (pictured), until 2009, used to interrogate and sometimes torture terrorism suspects.
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Former President Barack Obama ordered them closed in early 2009 with his own executive orders.
The three-page order, titled “Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants” according to The New York Times, which also obtained it, could undo Obama-era actions that scaled back post-9/11 anti-terror practices.
That would include undoing Obama’s order that provides the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all wartime prisoners the U.S. holds, The Times reported.
With News Wire Services