8 secret prisons
Some governments and intelligence agencies operate secret prisons. The fact that these institutions do not officially exist means that they are well protected from prying eyes of human rights organizations and courts. Torture is often the norm in these places, and prisoners are held in inhuman conditions. The various world governments do not want you to know about the following secret prisons. Some of them were closed before or after they were exposed, while data on others remain unconfirmed, and governments vehemently deny their existence.
1. Salt Pit (Afghanistan)
Salt Pit is a secret prison in Afghanistan, managed by the CIA. This is one of several prisons created by the CIA after the attacks of September 11 and intended to contain people suspected of having links with terrorists. Torture is a common occurrence in Salt Pete, and prisoners are often subjected to inhuman punishment, including cruel execution. In place of Salt Pit was once a brick factory. The cells here are small, without windows and toilets (prisoners use buckets instead of them).Those who are held in this prison are stripped naked and forced to sleep on the cold concrete floor. CIA operatives always include loud music as psychological torture.
Dr. Gairat Bahir, who had been detained in Salt-Pit for six months, said that CIA investigators had tied him to a chair and sat on his stomach. Another man, Gul Rahman, who later died in custody and is the only person whose death was confirmed, was subjected to more severe punishments. He was stripped naked and chained by the arms. Rahman was doused with cold water and severely beaten. He died of hypothermia on November 20, 2002. The CIA decided not to return the body of the prisoner to the family and not to report on his death.
2. Camp 7 (Guantanamo Bay)
While the prison in Guantanamo Bay is already infamous and controversial in itself, it has its own secret prisons, which are even more controversial. One of these places is Camp 7, which was built in a secret place, away from the main prison. Camp 7 was so carefully hidden that no one knew about its existence for two years after it opened in 2006.When it became known to the public, journalists were forbidden to appear on its territory. Representatives of the Red Cross were allowed to go inside, provided that they never publicly talk about what they saw. Camp 7 contained 15 prisoners whom the CIA considered "particularly valuable." One of them was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is called the instigator of the September 11 attacks. The CIA is accused of using torture against prisoners of Camp 7. During the hearing, one of the prisoners, Ramzi Bin al Shib, complained that his cell always vibrated and made strange sounds. The US military denied all allegations of psychological torture and claimed that Sheeba had hallucinations. In 2014, the Pentagon admitted that Shib heard real sounds, but said that they were related to the fact that the prison building was falling apart. He claimed that Camp 7 was originally built as a temporary structure, and asked Congress for a total of 118 million to carry out repairs. The government refused to allocate funds.
3. Penny Lane (Guantanamo Bay)
Penny Lane is another secret prison in Guantanamo Bay.It was opened in 2003. Prisoners who came here led a luxurious life. They lived in cottages with a comfortable bed, kitchen, patio, shower and TV. They could also ask for extra amenities (including pornography). The fact that the prisoners Penny Lane enjoyed a luxurious life should not be surprising. This place was reserved exclusively for confirmed terrorists who were trained as double agents. After training, they were released and allowed to return to their terrorist cells, from where they sent inside information to the CIA. This information was used to prepare the drone strikes against the targets. In exchange, the CIA gave the terrorists money as payment. The program was not a complete success. Some terrorists returned to their cells and refused to cooperate with the CIA, while others became double agents against their will (for example, the administration threatened to harm their children). Al Qaeda itself knew that the CIA would try to turn its people taken prisoner into double agents, so it was careful about prisoners released from the prisons of Guantanamo Bay.The double agent training program ended in 2006.
4. Prison in Hyangari (North Korea)
The prison at Hyangari is North Korea's Penny Lane. Her prisoners are not terrorists, but blacklisted officials and relatives of the North Korean oligarchy. It is located not on a remote island, but near a city called Hyangari, just 50 kilometers from the Chinese border.
The prison is believed to hold about 1,000 people. There are so many people in it because prisoners often take their families with them. The prison is under heavy guard and looks like a small town. The prisoners do not try to escape, because the living conditions here are not bad. They do not do any hard work and are not punished. Every day they are fed for free. Kim Sung-e is one of those allegedly detained in the Hyangari prison. She was the second wife of the late President Kim Il Sung. They also say that the current president Kim Jong-un's aunt lives in prison. She is the wife of Chan Sung Taek. She was imprisoned after her husband was executed in December 2013.
5. "Cat's eye" (Thailand)
"Cat's eye" - the so-called secret prison, managed by the CIA, in Thailand.As far as we know, this place may still be in operation, since no one knows its exact location. Some say that it was located outside of Bangkok, while others say that in the city of Udon Thani. However, everyone agrees that she was in Thailand, although the CIA and the government of the country denied its existence. On the "cat's eye" learned through the report of the US Senate from 2014; the prison location bar indicated: “Country [edited]”. The prison was hastily established in 2002 to contain Abu Zubaydah, a mujahid suspected of allegedly being one of bin Laden’s minions. Abu was detained in Pakistan in March 2002, and the CIA was confused where to send him. The Office wanted him to be far away from the jurisdiction of the United States and the Red Cross.
In prison, Abu was subjected to cruel torture. For several months he was the only prisoner held there, so his tormentors had a lot of free time. He lived in a box that was the size of a coffin, and was constantly subjected to water torture until he lost consciousness.The CIA checked on it several “improved interrogation techniques” (this is a fancy name for torture). The second inmate of the Cat's Eye was Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who got there in November 2002. Both prisoners were often slapped in the face, stripped naked and deprived of sleep. The prison was reportedly closed in December 2002, after the CIA transported the prisoners to another location, this time in Poland.
6. Interrogation Center in Temar (Morocco)
The Temara Interrogation Center was a secret prison jointly operated by the CIA and the Moroccan government. Located in Temara, near Rabat, the object was originally opened as a secret center for CIA interrogation after the September 11 attacks. However, management soon turned him into a prison. The Moroccan government supported the idea, but it was more interested in keeping political prisoners. Zakaria Mumni, a French and Moroccan citizen who was detained there for four days for political reasons, claimed that the investigators had threatened him, saying that he would end up at the slaughterhouse, where he would be cut into pieces. Another prisoner, Osama Butahar,who fought in the Islamist militia group in Bosnia in the 1990s and 2003, said Moroccans torture him on the orders of the Americans. According to the US Senate report, the CIA knew that prisoners were tortured in prison. After that, the relationship of management and the Moroccan government went wrong. The CIA decided to find another prison, but later changed its mind. In turn, Morocco denies all allegations of torture.
7. Camp Lemonier (Djibouti)
Djibouti is a small country. It is located on the notorious Somalia Peninsula and is located near Yemen, which is currently experiencing a disastrous civil war. The strategic location of Djibouti is the reason why the United States decided to create a military base here. From this base, called Camp Lemonnier, the United States is attacking with drone targets on targets in Somalia and Yemen. There are also unconfirmed reports that the CIA operates a secret prison located at the base. The US Congress, reportedly, has information about the existence of this object, but refuses to declassify it. Congress also knows that some prisoners held there are not guilty of anything. Mohammed Abdullah Saleh Asad, allegedly, was one of the prisoners who were detained in prison.He claimed that he was tortured there and then transferred to another prison in Afghanistan, where he was also tortured. Mahdi Hashi, another alleged ex-convict, said he was taken to prison after he was kidnapped by CIA agents in Mogadishu (Somalia). He claimed that he was arrested because he refused to spy on British intelligence.
8. Black Prisons (China)
Black prisons are independent secret prisons illegally exploited by various Chinese provinces and local governments. In view of the government structure in China, citizens must report any complaints to local and provincial governments. If they do not seek justice, they are allowed to go to the central government in Beijing. The central government, in turn, uses the number of complaints received to determine the effectiveness of the work of local and provincial authorities. To avoid being blacklisted by Beijing, local and provincial governments hired more than 10,000 people to hunt, kidnap, detain and torture citizens who go to Beijing to report.Prisons usually consist of unoccupied houses, psychiatric wards and hotels. In 2009, 73 black prisons reportedly operated in the provinces. The central government initially denied the existence of black prisons, but later confirmed that they were real.