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CIA ‘Refused to Operate’
Secret Prisons Overseas
by Guy Dinmore
© 2006 The Financial Times, Ltd.
Washington, DC -- Wednesday, September 20, 2006 -- The Bush administration
had to empty its secret prisons and transfer terror suspects to the
military-run detention center at Guantánamo this month in part because CIA
interrogators had refused to carry out further interrogations and run the
secret facilities, according to former CIA officials and people close to the
The former officials said the CIA interrogators’ refusal was a factor in
forcing the Bush administration to act earlier than it might have wished.
When Bush announced the suspension of the secret prison program in a speech
before the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, some
analysts thought he was trying to gain political momentum before the
November midterm congressional elections.
The administration publicly explained its decision in light of the legal
uncertainty surrounding permissible interrogation techniques, following the
June Supreme Court ruling that all terrorist suspects in detention were
entitled to protection under Common Article Three of the Geneva Conventions.
But the former CIA officials said Bush’s hand was forced because
interrogators had refused to continue their work until the legal situation
was clarified ... because they were concerned they could be prosecuted for
using illegal techniques. One intelligence source also said the CIA had
refused to keep the secret prisons going.
Senior officials and Bush himself have come close to admitting this by
saying CIA interrogators sought legal clarity. But no official has
confirmed on the record how and when the secret programme actually came to
John Negroponte, director of national intelligence, who was interviewed by
Fox News on Sunday, when asked the question whether CIA interrogators had
refused to work, responded “I think the way I would answer you in regard to
that question is that there’s been precious little activity of that kind for
a number of months now, and certainly since the Supreme Court decision.”
In an interview with the Financial Times, John Bellinger, legal adviser to
the state department, went further, saying there had been “very little
operational activity” on CIA interrogations since the passage last December
of a bill proposed by Senator John McCain outlawing torture and inhumane
treatment of prisoners.
Bellinger said the secret prisons remained empty for the moment. But he
defended the US position that use of such prisons did not contravene
international conventions, as some in Europe have argued. He also said
that, theoretically, the Pentagon as well as the CIA had the legal right to
run such facilities. The CIA declined to comment.
Key figures among the 14 prisoners transferred to Guantánamo, including
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, had been held in secret centers for three years or
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