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An unprecedented picture of the 119 individuals secretly detained and tortured by the CIA as part of the US’s war on terror has been published following new research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project.
The analysis, which is summarised in our first quarterly report, reveals 101 of the detainees were held by the CIA for more than a month, and 47 of these for more than a year. All detainees were held without access to lawyers, their families or the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The names of the 119 were published last December in a damning report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme.
All 119 were held by the CIA at some point between 2002 and 2008 in at least ten secret prisons – known as “black sites” – which were scattered across the world
The Bureau and The Rendition Project launched a joint investigation in January to examine the CIA’s actions and find out what happened to the people they held. The Bureau’s Dr Crofton Black has written the investigation’s first quarterly report on the findings here. An infographic summarising the main findings is here.
The Rendition Project has published reports on each of the 119 detainees. This is the first time that comprehensive profiles for all CIA detainees have been published. The data on which these profiles are based is available to download here. Information on each detainee has been put into categories including nationality for each detainee, as well as the country they were captured in, how long they were held in detention for and the dates between which they were held.
The research also shows that what became of 39 of the detainees is still unknown. The next part of the investigation will focus on finding out what happened to these individuals.
Analysis by the Bureau and The Rendition Project was based on information from last December’s Senate Intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme, court documents, and media and NGO reporting.
* Additional reporting by Vincent Wood
Author: Victoria Parsons