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Poland Breaks Silence About Secret CIA Prison

Poland Breaks Silence About Secret CIA Prison

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — For years, the notion that Poland could allow the CIA to operate a secret prison in a remote lake region was treated as a crackpot idea by the country's politicians, journalists and the public.

A heated political debate this week reveals how dramatically the narrative has changed. In a string of revelations and political statements, Polish leaders have come closer than ever to acknowledging that the United States ran a secret interrogation facility for terror suspects in 2002 and 2003 in the Eastern European country.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday that Poland has become the "political victim" of leaks from U.S. officials that brought to light aspects of the secret rendition program. In his most forthcoming comments on the matter to date, Tusk said an ongoing investigation into the case is proof of Poland's democratic credentials and that Poland cannot be counted on in the future in such clandestine enterprises.

"Poland will no longer be a country where politicians — even if they are working arm-in-arm with the world's greatest superpower — could make some deal somewhere under the table and then it would never see daylight," said Tusk, who took office four years after the site was shuttered.

"Poland is a democracy where national and international law must be observed," Tusk said. "This issue must be explained. Let there be no doubt about it either in Poland or on the other side of the ocean."

To some, it sounded like a long-delayed admission that Poland allowed the U.S. to run the secret site, where terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics that human rights advocates consider torture.

"This statement is quite different from any others," said Adam Bodnar, a human rights lawyer with the Helsinki Foundation in Warsaw. "From the general context, he's kind of admitting that something is in the air. You can feel that this is an indirect confirmation."

For years Polish officials and the public treated the idea that the CIA ran a prison in Poland as absurd and highly unlikely — even after the United Nations and the Council of Europe said they had evidence of its existence. Polish officials repeatedly rebuffed international calls for serious investigations. The idea slowly only began to get serious consideration after Polish prosecutors opened an investigation into the matter in 2008.


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and BS. "Poland is a democracy." Meaning, 'we can violate anyone's rights if we can demonstrate a plurality of people agree to it.'


Poland broke science.

What's next, Poland invents magic?

Pottawattamie County Iowa

"Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven't had capitalism." -Dr. Ron Paul

NO! Poland Broke Wind......

This whole story smells the high heavens...Ha!

Poland is apparently all

Poland is apparently all powerful, and we should do everything in our power to stop them. What happens if they break reason and logic next? It would be PANDEMONIUM!!

Oh man, and even if the author changes the title, the permalink will forever read "breaks science". Awesome typo is awesome.

Stop feeding the propaganda machine. Turn off your TV.

The title should read silence

The title should read silence not science.

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

I may have misread it... but

I may have misread it... but does that say that the CIA ran a secret prison in Poland without the Polish government knowing about it? How does that happen?

Or did only some Polish officials know about it but the majority did not?

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Money, money, money...

....and payoffs.

Look up In-Q-Tel.

What do you think it's for, startups like Facebook?

(Yes, but....) it's to raise black ops MONEY.

I guess it was different

I guess it was different government, before that and Tusk was elected after.

Hopefully they will indict

Hopefully they will indict some more CIA officers. They did that in that abduction case in Italy a few years ago and though the US government would not turn them over to the Italians those CIA officers can never go to Europe again withotu risking arrest.

It's not much but its a start.