New details from a Senate Intelligence Committee report about CIA black sites are being released, bringing to light new information about the Agency’s post-9/11 activities. The report was approved over a year ago, when it was determined that the advanced interrogation techniques they used in these black sites yielded no crucial intelligence.
The black site that is gaining the most prominent attention is a site in Poland, the second such secret prison in a long line of them following the 9/11 attacks. The CIA paid $300,000 to renovate the building, adding security cameras and surely other enhancements. It was where Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times. Eventually, when the CIA decided to move locations again—they felt it was best to stay on the move, lest the secret prison be discovered—Poland took over the facility.
However, before the CIA even took over the facility, according to TIME, they handed over $15 million—in two cardboard boxes, that had come via diplomatic pouch—to the Polish government in Warsaw. The site, which was codenamed “Quartz,” was in operation for nearly a year and, at the time, CIA officials said they received “dramatic positive results.”
In 2008, the Polish government began a criminal investigation to what happened at the site, even issuing arrest warrants for CIA officials who had visited it. When the report is officially released, the Senate Intelligence Committee plans to “challenge” the assertion by the CIA that the intelligence gained from the interrogations—which many believe was torture, though it was technically legal—was worth it.
The report also reveals that while seeking a more permanent prison site, the CIA paid $20 million to the Moroccan government to build a state-of-the-art facility codenamed “Bombay.” They never even used the site, opting instead to consolidate high-value prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.