Polish prosecutors probe Bush gulag at last
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The Polish prosecutor's office is investigating allegations that there was a CIA prison in Poland where al Qaeda suspects were questioned and guards might have used methods close to torture, the prime minister's top adviser said on Friday.
I suppose this is happening now because the Bush administration has, er, disposed of the prisoners? Because the birds have all flown? One more little problem cleaned up before the perps enter the dreaded private sector?
The Washington Post reported for the first time in 2005, quoting unnamed CIA sources, that CIA prisons existed in Europe. A U.S. human rights group, Human Rights Watch, later said Poland and Romania hosted the prisons.
"There definitely was cooperation between Polish and American secret services," a source close to the secret service told Reuters. "But whether there was torture at the base, hopefully we will learn about that soon."
Foreign and local media speculated that the base was operational between 2002 and 2005, while Aleksander Kwasniewski was president and Poland was run by the leftist governments of Leszek Miller and Marek Belka and then a rightist administration under Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
All Polish political parties have played down speculation about the existence of a CIA prison. Under Polish law, a Pole who was party to an agreement allowing the CIA to torture suspects could be sued in the regular courts or even in the State Tribunal, a special court for government officials.
"We demanded official information from the prime minister about the prisons in June, but we never got it," said Dawid Szescilo of the Polish unit of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.
"This is the third government that has banned (the release of) any information about the case, and public opinion should be given knowledge of all of this."
And the key investigative technique should be to talk to the techs.
Or possibly the pilots. It would be interesting to know if there were any flights over large bodies of water in planes with cargo doors that could open.