Archive for January 17th, 2010

“This Never Happened”

The Lithuanian government, having completed an investigation of itself, has determined that, yes, Virginia, Lithuania did indeed agree to site on its soil two CIA “black prisons” for the detention and interrogation of War on Terra prisoners.

ABC News reported in August that Lithuania supplied the CIA with facilities for imprisoning eight War on Terra prisoners, a report I wrote about here. Lithuania at the time denounced ABC as a peddler of bollocks.

However, an inquiry by Seimas, the Lithuanian parliament, concluded in late December that the CIA ran two secret prisons in Lithuania: one in 2002, the other from 2004 through 2006. (The latter, a converted riding school, is pictured here.)

“The sites existed,” stated Arvydas Anusauskas, head of the parliamentary committee investigating the matter. “And planes landed.”

Seimas determined that Lithuanian intelligence agents cooperated with the CIA without the knowledge of senior government officials. One of those officials, former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus, continues to defy reality, telling the Baltic News Service, “I am certain this never happened, and nobody proved me wrong.”

Wednesday, Lithuania’s current president, Dalia Grybauskaite, called on prosecutors to further investigate the black sites, noting that parliament had “recommended [prosecutors] investigate possible abuse of office.”

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