Black site

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A black site is a place where prisoners are kept in secret.

The term was invented for places controlled by the CIA and used by the U.S. government in its War on Terror. They are used to hold people the CIA think are 'unlawful enemy combatants'.[1]

CIA's Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program – countries involved in the Program, according to the 2013 Open Society Foundation's report on torture.[2][3]

U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged the existence of secret prisons operated by the CIA during a speech on September 6, 2006.[4][5] A claim that the black sites existed was made by The Washington Post in November 2005 and before this by human rights NGOs.[6]

On the one hand, there is little or no legal authority for the operation of black sites by the United States or any other countries. On the other hand, many of the atrocities committed by anti-Western groups against civilians are far beyond the Geneva Conventions of war.

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  1. "EU endorses damning report on CIA". BBC News. February 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
  2. "TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE". TRANSCEND Media Service.
  3. "CIA Secret Detention and Torture". opensocietyfoundations.org. Archived from the original on February 20, 2013.
  4. "Bush: Top terror suspects to face tribunals". CNN. Associated Press. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original on September 6, 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
  5. "Bush admits to CIA secret prisons". BBC News. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  6. Priest, Dana (2005-11-02). "CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-02-19.