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Britain admits prior knowledge of CIA prisons

January 20, 2007

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— The British foreign secretary admitted Friday that her government was aware of a secret CIA prison network before President Bush acknowledged its existence in September.

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett made the admission in a written response to a parliamentary question.

In a recent speech, Bush included a reference to the "existence of a detention program operated by the CIA." Bush said 14 high-value detainees - including the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed - had been transferred from clandestine centers to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Prior to this speech, we were aware of the existence of a secret U.S. detention program only in general terms," Beckett said in response to a question.

A Foreign Office spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said the statement was the first confirmation Britain had prior knowledge of the secret prisons.

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Curious 7 years, 11 months ago

I do wonder how long these detention centers have existed. Seems likely the CIA has used this type of facility for a long time and that other countries could also use them. Kind of like a United Nations of espionage holding tank.

Those of us who believe in one world justice should probably view this as a precursor of things to come if we get our way.

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