A draft executive order circulating in the Donald Trump White House would take steps to allow the CIA to reopen controversial “black sites” abroad.
During the George W. Bush presidency, the CIA operated a series of secret prisons in nations like Poland where enemy combatants in the War on Terror were detained. Barack Obama ended the practice in 2009, signing an executive order requiring that the CIA “close as expeditiously as possible any detention facilities that it currently operates and shall not operate any such detention facility in the future.”
The draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post would initiate a policy review as the first step to authorize the CIA to reopen the “black site” prisons. The reviewers would then offer a recommendation whether Trump should “reinstate a program of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States and whether such a program should include the use of detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
It is not yet clear whether Trump plans on signing the draft. WaPo also notes that the draft is not yet completed, and included embarrassing errors like a reference to the “September 11, 2011” attacks.
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