12.20.13 - The military judge in the Sept. 11 case has ordered the U.S. government to preserve whatever remnants exist of the CIA’s Bush-era secret prisons known as the “black sites,” defense and prosecution lawyers said Friday.
Army Col. James L. Pohl, who in 2004 issued a similar order forbidding destruction of the Abu Ghraib prison where guards abused prisoners in Iraq, issued the single-page protective order on Thursday, according to two lawyers who read the ruling. It was still under seal at the war court Friday.
It does not specify the number of black sites in the secret network, which President Barack Obama ordered closed soon after taking office, Pentagon defense attorney Jay Connell said. Nor does the order name the countries that allowed the CIA to set up its secret prisons where three Guantánamo captives were waterboarded. Two of them are now in death-penalty proceedings before Judge Pohl. read more>>>