| Black site |
(Mind Control/Research, Torture, Military-industrial-congressional complex, third rail topic)
|Founder(s)||SDS, Terrorists, Enemy Images, CIA|
|Interest of||• George W. Bush|
• John L. Helgerson
• Dick Marty
|Black sites are places where a black project or covert operation is executed, organized, or held. Locations can vary from an air force or other military base, plain library, a secret embassy wing to even a jet-plane itself. Some black sites do become known to the general public, although often as a modified limited hangout.|
Black sites are locations at which a secret covert operation (or black ops) or black project is conducted. They are often funded by a black budget. Although the definition is better known for centuries as "secret prisons", militarization all over the world in the 1900s and intelligence agencies have begun utilizing black sites for a now wider array of projects (not only extraordinary rendition) that are either unacknowledged or not supposed to be revealed by governments in any way.
- 1 Origin
- 2 US
- 3 Southeast Asia
- 4 Vietnam
- 5 Australia
- 6 CIA Continental Program
- 7 Cover Ups
- 8 See Also
- 9 Examples
- 10 Related Quotations
- 11 References
During the 2000s the CIA became synchronously named with this term as dozens of reports revealed the CIA to be utilizing an extremely large network with over 50 countries involved, although ICE and US police has been reported to increasingly use them for kidnapping and torture (some having been linked to sex trafficking of children).
Black sites have played a massive role in multiple deep events, as they are often places where high-profile individuals are being detained illegally. Where governments are conducting such secretive operations, they have been reported to threaten to shoot journalists, their own military and MPs on sight such as with the BBC investigation of Area 51, Black site Diego Garcia, or ICE facilities along the US-Mexican border.
|If the American people thought the leader of the corrupt officers of the Los Angeles Rampart-division now working for Harvey Weinstein was bad enough of corruption to hear, wait until the people realize the government treats them the same nowadays as those "terrorists", right in the remote scary place of terrorist packed, torture-needing hell of....Chicago?|
Although separate areas in a prison - where one would be separated from others in secret - have been a staple of governments for centuries, during the 1900s and the globalisation that occurred in it, many prisons "adapted" to a hardened society, and started taking more liberties in violating prisoners their rights.
Early examples of prisons that violated those rights and therefore were being placed strategically out of the public eye pale in comparison with the same concept decades years later in the 2000s. Starting with the war on drugs around Nixon's administration - which later was joined by the war on terror around 1979 - the highly specialized methods of intelligence agencies utilizing these sites have evolved the term secret prisons into the more specialized term of "black sites".
"There are no secret prisons", "The state is on your side", or like in China (where the massive internment camps for Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang-province were successfully kept secret for an average of 10 years) "It's just re-education".
Although with the rise of the internet, when several secret prisons do become known to the public, the governments of the world and their standard responses since Ancient Rome have been something similar to "No, not here, this country doesn't do that" up to "nobody will be prosecuted, it wasn't that bad" and "nah the info is too important to let loose.
Since the 2010s, the UN has condemned the massive collaboration of countries of all continents participating in these sort of programs, specifically highlighting the legal status of people transferred and operating at these prisons or bases.
|ICE Agents Pay For Sex In Trafficking Scheme - The Damage Report - 2020|
Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how the government is trying to keep them hidden. "The message was clear," he says. "Don’t talk about this place."  |align=right |date=2015 }} The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman compared Chicago's Homan Square to the network of shadowy torture centers built by the CIA across the Middle East — but focused “on Americans, most often poor, black and brown,” rather than on purported overseas terrorists. The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman reported on the “equivalent of a CIA black site” operated by police in Chicago in 2015.
ICE Child Sex Trafficking Ring
In the summer of 2021 several high-profile cases in the US were uncovered. In Texas, US Border Patrol agents also continued to be arrested for abducting hundreds of children from detention centres.
The media seemed uninterested and The Atlantic ran a hit piece regarding the surge, calling it a mere coincidence ICE officers and federal officers keep getting arrested for sex trafficking migrant children that went missing in Southern US States.
In 2018, PBS Newshour reported over 1300 women and girls said they were raped and sexually assaulted by an ICE agent in their facilities, with many cases dropped for unknown reasons. Even more troublesome, in 2019, The Huffington Post reported ICE moved 700 migrant woman and girls from their detention centers, and refused to tell anyone - including lawyers, judges, other federal agencies or relatives where they went. In 2022, more ICE officers continued to be arrested for sex trafficking, with dozens of children still missing. Corporate media has maintained their official narrative that this is not a weird trend.
“A small group of people in Johnston County NC are investigating their state’s role in the CIA's torture and rendition program. Last fall, they had a series of public hearings on the subject and on May 7th they're planning to meet with their commissioners in an effort to compel their county's very conservative board of commissioners to issue a ban on the use of public resources for rendition or torture, and to publicly acknowledge what they found: that a CIA contractor called Aero operating out of the local county airport, handled some 80% of rendition flights between September 2001 and March 2004.”
VICE (2018) 
|While the media stimulates the US public to focus on Hollywood, Twitter & Trump, Democracy Now reported in 2018 "A major U.S. military and CIA military contractor has been detaining dozens of migrant children inside a vacant Arizona office building with dark windows, no kitchen, and only a few toilets, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Reveal learned about what some are calling the “black site” for migrant children after one local resident filmed children in sweatsuits being led into the building. The building was leased in March by MVM, a defence contractor that Reveal reports has received nearly $250 million in contracts to transport immigrant children since 2014."
Arizona & Area 51
In 2012, a BBC crew who attempted to walk past security "watching TV" at Area 51 and enter the base was held a gunpoint, detained for 12 hours, while the FBI took their equipment, told the crew "that this incident was so serious that Washington had to call London to advise that 12 'Brits' had just breached security at America's most top-secret military base and that we all were at one point going to jail for six months", and that they escaped the punishment named "make you disappear and your body will never be found", being tailed by FBI for the remainder of their stay in the US, raising questions what is happening there.
As part of the "war on terror", the US government sought to promote violent Islamic terrorism. More or less open torture established that old legal precedents need not apply, while naturally stirring up violent opposition and hatred amongst terrorising the populations subject to it (e.g. Muslim populations in Middle East). Torture of detainees in Guantanamo Bay was used a source of false evidence which was cited (with appropriate censorship on grounds of "national security") as post hoc justification for anti-terrorism measures and the continued ramping up of the "war on terror". For example, the 9/11 Commission Report's claim that Al Qaida "did it", which widely cited evidence derived from torture. Some inmates have been reported to have committed suicide, although some questions remain on that. A former Guantanamo Bay staff sergeant and ex-marine publicly admitted the official narrative to be bullocks.
“They would have had to all three tie their hands and feet together, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cellblock, jumped into the noose, and hung themselves simultaneously. In a cellblock where guards are ordered to check on detainees every four minutes. They had a policy that if a detainee is hunger-striking, he cannot be interrogated, I believe the number-one mission in JTF-GTMO (Joint Task Force Guantanamo) at the time was, stop the hunger strikes at all costs. I think you get rid of the people that provoked the hunger strikes and you get rid of the problem. After the deaths, there were no hunger strikes for a long period of time.”
Joseph Hickman (2015) 
In the 2010s, corporate media has begun focusing on China after the Chinese decided to ramp up mass incarnation centers after the 2014 Kunming Attack. North Korea was also under the scope of the US and noted by Barack Obama to be the first thing he confessed to Donald Trump to be addressed as it kept him up at night that he was preparing to bomb Pyongyang.
Both countries are rumoured and were heavily reported with detailed satellite images guided by corporate media pundits in the beginning of the 2020s to be running black sites for all kinds of purposes if not reclaiming land, building underground military bases or just raping and murdering activists, being called "modern concentration camps".
- Full article: Vietnam War
- Full article: Vietnam War
- Full article: Australia/1975 coup d'état
- Full article: Australia/1975 coup d'état
Pine Gap  is the commonly used name for a US satellite surveillance base in the Northern Territory, operated by Australia and the United States. The station is run by CIA, NSA & the National Underwater Reconnaissance Office and is a vital part of the ECHELON-Program.
- Full article: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
- Full article: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled flight on 8 March 2014 which apparently disappeared without trace, a quite unbelievable feat with modern technology. The president of Malaysia at that time, Mahathir Mohamad (backed by researchers like Peter Myers), implicated the CIA and plane-builder Boeing were covering up what they actually knew. Private investigators that beat a $200 million search, found witnesses and evidence on the Maldives were followed, threatened or assassinated, pointing to black site Diego Garcia playing some role.
Diego Garcia is a small island in the Indian Ocean owned by the UK and US, cleaned of natives and operated by the US since 1973 as an ETOPS or Extended Range Twin Engine Operations emergency landing site allowing twin-engine commercial air-planes to make theoretical non-stop flights between city pairs located between Africa, Oceania and East-Asia. Diego Garcia, according to Wikileaks is also used as a storage section for UK cluster bombs as a way of avoiding UK parliamentary oversight.
CIA Continental Program
- Full article: CIA/Torture
- Full article: CIA/Torture
Like with many illegal intra governmental activities (see CIA/Black budget), the CIA began to emerge as a new trendsetter and black site kingpin during the 2000s. The groundwork was set in the 1990s as the CIA was granted permission to use an extraordinary rendition of indicted terrorists to American soil in a 1995 presidential directive signed by President Bill Clinton, following a procedure established by George H. W. Bush in January 1993. The Washington Post was the first to report on "secret prisons" being run in "metal containers" in Bagram Air Force base, Afghanistan. Patrick Leahy and John Conyers, John D. Rockefeller IV, wrote to attorney general Peter D. Keisler, requesting all info on interrogation since 2004. Bush kept denying the program to included anything else than "U.S. law and our international obligations."
Interestingly enough the CIA's Romanian Black Site program - was facilitated by former Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service director Ioan Talpes when Talpes was the presidential advisor of Ion Iliescu. Talpes introduced MiVD officer and NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson's policy expert Jan Willem Matser to Ovidiu Tender in 2002. Matser sought a controlling 51% share (at a cost of approximately US$ 1 billion) of PETROM National Society (SNP), a Romanian oil-company, which produced 10% of the Romanian GDP., together with Tender SA and Dick Cheney's Halliburton, apparently according to French analysts in which a French investigation that questioned the sudden support from Eastern Europe for the war on terror caused French President Jacques Chirac to become furious, "because the country was hijacked by CIA-agents for support in the War in Iraq"
A few days after the announcement of this trio’s interest, Matser was arrested and charged with having worked out an illegal financial arrangement designed to bring $200 million to Romania from Colombia along with a massive drug network after finding "packages" at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport utilizing NATO documents and legal procedures for fraud. Matser was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was ordered released because he has already served two-thirds of the sentence in pretrial detention. He was given three years' probation.
Romanian Secret Service connected a continental paedophile network, with the US lobbyists involved, but that investigation was met with a cover up after convicting one person, who remained silent on the matter. One US official - a known historian and close friend of Ioan Talpes - working in Romania, abused at least two girls aged 10 and 13 in the house of the Romanian intelligence service.
During the 2000s several reports began to appear, with independent media and corporate media connecting more locations throughout the world with the CIA's official Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program. The Washington Post has met criticism regarding the publications of yet another article reporting but revealed Dana Priest modifying the article to a limited hangout as she agreed not to reveal the European countries participating in the program.
The February 26 - March 4, 2005, edition of Ireland's Village magazine, featured an article titled "Abductions via Shannon" which revealed Dublin and Shannon airports in Ireland were "used by the CIA to abduct suspects in its war on terror". naming a Boeing 737 (registration number N313P, later re-registered N4476S) utilizing the airports on at least 81 occasions. According to the article, the same aircraft landed in Guantanamo Bay on September 23, 2003.
When Human Right's Watch and the International Committee of the Red Cross jumped on the stories which caused some publications in media and they began publicly requesting access to individuals being abducted, EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini announced in November 2005 that any country found to be complicit could lose their right to vote in the council..
The New Yorker released an article confirming the allegations of extreme torture to be correct, naming them a new variant of the Phoenix Program, with these mostly Arab and Muslim individuals to be subjected by CIA officers to be keeping prisoners naked indefinitely and photographing them naked to degrade and humiliate them, and forcibly administering drugs by suppositories, even killing multiple children abducted from the streets that died of things like hypothermia, with the techniques being called "retired and brought back to be perfected Cold War-methods" comparing them to the Copper Green-black project, with the CIA officers involved to "have taken out professional liability insurance, fearing that they could be criminally prosecuted if what they have already done became public knowledge".
Dozens of local magazines began to report sightings of CIA aircraft as well. In 2005 Spanish paper El País reported that CIA planes had landed in the Canary Islands and in Palma de Mallorca, in 2006 French paper Le Figaro reported a prosecutor investigated two CIA planes that had landed in France , In 2007, Portuguese general prosecutor Cândida Almeida, head of the Central Investigation and Penal Action Department (DCIAP), announced an investigation of "torture or inhuman and cruel treatment", prompted by allegations of "illegal activities and serious human rights violations" made by MEP Ana Gomes to the attorney general, with Visão magazine journalist Rui Costa Pinto (who had an article pulled by his employer even after writing an book about it) testifying before the DCIAP about flights passing through Lajes Field airbase, revealing at least 150 instances of CIA planes using Portugal.
Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick published fax intercepted sent by the Egyptian embassy in London to the government of Egypt stating that 23 Iraqi and Afghan citizens were interrogated at Mihail Kogălniceanu base near Constanța, Romania, with the same document acknowledging similar black sites existent in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Ukraine. The Swiss government denied the document to be accurate but nonetheless started a lawsuit for leakage of classified documents against Sonntagsblick in 2006.
In 2012, Poland's Prosecutor General's office initiated investigative proceedings against Zbigniew Siemiątkowski, the former Polish intelligence chief, charging him with facilitating operations illegal on the order of the CIA. In 2017, Nature revealed the Dutch government to have facilitated CIA planes on 4 separate airports.
Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Romania, Czechia, Cyprus & Island were reported to also be part of the CIA's Post 9-11 Black site rendition program. Some rendition aircraft ended in countries without an alleged black site, raising questions if there are black sites not uncovered.
Countries named in reports have included, Thailand (it was named as a station of CIA/Director Gina Haspel), Afghanistan (where all parties have been accused of running black sites, with the US army handing out a memo ordering soldiers to stay silent about the Taliban raping little boys whom the soldiers would hear crying from their base) and Yemen (where some just vanish if not raped before that). Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Kuwait were also named.
Morocco, Somalia, Libya,Egypt & Djibouti were named as new popular destinations in 2008 at the end of the Bush administration for running black sites. Mauritania, South Africa & others were also included.
An article by the BBC in 2007 revealed the CIA also utilized jet airplanes of front companies resembling mafia movies, with the knowledge of airport-security on multiple European airports, naming at least 5 jet-planes. the US used 17 ships as mobile black sites with one ship reported to at least housed 100 prisoners, giving an eerie throwback to slavery and the imperialism of the 1700s. Thailand was also accused of using relay stations as black sites.
“They always followed the same procedure. We were always told to keep away. The planes would stay at the end of the runway, often with their engines running. A couple of military vans from the nearby intelligence base would go up to them, stay a while and then drive off, out of the airport. "I saw several of these flights but never saw inside the vans because they had tinted windows and they never stopped at the terminal building”
Mariola Przewlocka (2006) 
Although dozens of credible reports revealed some network to be existent in Europe as well, the EU Committee on Legal Affairs said in 2006 that "At this stage of the investigations, there is no formal, irrefutable evidence of the existence of secret CIA detention centres in Romania, Poland or any other country. Nevertheless, there are many indications from various sources which must be considered reliable, justifying the continuation of the analytical and investigative work".
A report from the Council of Europe estimated 100 people had been kidnapped by the CIA on EU territory (with the cooperation of Council of Europe members), and rendered to other countries, often after having transited through secret detention centres ( called "black sites") used by the CIA, many European countries have denied every taking part in the program. According to a follow-up in a separate report by the European Parliament report in 2007, the CIA had already made 1,245 flights, naming the activities the black sites participated in was against the United Nations Conventions on Torture.
The European Parliament's report, adopted and passed with 53% of the EU MPs in 2007, concluded Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom tolerated illegal actions of the CIA including secret flights over their territories and noted the continental unanimous act of not cooperating with the investigation, with multiple MPs remarking government had to be aware of such a widespread program, calling for the program itself to be ended as it was fundamentally wrong to begin with. The IGOs of judiciary capital The Hague stayed silent on prosecuting members as they were busy with Bosnia. To date the only report the whole EU has agreed on.
“The European Parliament denounces the lack of co-operation of many member states and of the Council of the European Union with the investigation; Regrets that European countries have been relinquishing control over their airspace and airports by turning a blind eye or admitting flights operated by the CIA which, on some occasions, were being used for illegal transportation of detainees; Calls for the closure of [the US military detention mission in] Guantanamo and for European countries immediately to seek the return of their citizens and residents who are being held illegally by the US authorities; Considers that all European countries should initiate independent investigations into all stopovers by civilian aircraft [hired by] the CIA; Urges that a ban or system of inspections be introduced for all CIA-operated aircraft known to have been involved in extraordinary rendition”
European Parliament (2006) 
In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights regarding Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in 2002 and 2003. The court rewarded both men cumulatively €230.000. In 2018, the ECHR ruled that Romania and Lithuania also violated the human rights of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri up to 2006 and rewarded them the same amount of compensation.
In 2007, The Washington Post reported that "members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had requested the withdrawal of the nomination of John A. Rizzo (a popular CIA lawyer) for the position of general counsel, due to concerns about his support for Bush administration legal doctrines permitting "enhanced interrogation of terrorism detainees in CIA custody". On December 6, 2007, the CIA admitted that it had destroyed videotapes recordings of CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects involving harsh interrogation techniques, tapes which critics suggest may have documented the use of torture by the CIA, such as waterboarding. The tapes were made in 2002 as part of a secret detention and interrogation program, and were destroyed in November 2005. The reason? According to the CIA "the tapes posed a security risk for the interrogators shown on the tapes", but "had no more intelligence value and were not relevant to any inquiries".
Robert Deitz, Michael Hayden, and Michael Morell started a private investigation according to the New York Times in 2007 on Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency General John L. Helgerson who made multiple reports starting from 2004 denouncing the torture. Hayden had succeeded in removing Mary McCarthy (who already had a history not following the goals of the military-industrial complex causing her to clash with Bill Clinton and half of the agency in 1998) completely in 2006 for as "leaking classified information". Dozens of US investigations have disappeared or just halted with no politicians prosecuted, unlike Europe. Two medical psychologists were prosecuted in 2020, with the Trump administration even publicly announcing considering the option to re-open a Black site program in 2017.
President Obama ended the CIA's black site officially in 2009. The BBC noted quite secretive in the last notes of the article that "The counter-terrorist experts insist that there may still be cases where they need to conceal for a time from a suspect's accomplices or family that they have him while they open up a terror network - and Mr Obama has insured that they still can.". John Kiriakou, a whistleblower was sentenced to 30 months to prison, for revealing the torture program happening within black sites utilized as a prison that is.
|Area 51||A military base owned by the US Department of Defense founded in 1955 that was not confirmed to exist for over 50 years, operating as a black site with projects from the US Air Force and the CIA, even though the media have been reporting on it since the infamous Roswell incident. Although much coverage only questions if there are "aliens" there, the confirmed US Air Force black projects go largely unquestioned.|
|Chagos Archipelago||US & UK operated black site in the Indian Ocean. Plays a mysterious role in vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.|
|Deep Underground Military Base||Possible large bunkers or even extensive interconnected networks of bunkers hidden deep underground, mostly in the United States.|
|Fort Hood||The most populous U.S. military installation in the world, the number and particularly the type of crimes reported in and around the facility is suspicious and has the hallmarks of either a black site or quite a chaotic base.|
|Guantanamo Bay detention camp||A US military base now used primarily as a torture camp due to its obscure legal jurisdiction. After campaigning in 2009 on promises to shut it down within a year, in 2014 Barack Obama announced plans to expand it.|
|Homan Square||A black site that even after its exposure in February 2015 continued to be used by Chicago police for a range of off-the-books activities.|
|Manus Island||Pacific island with large US and Australian military/intelligence presence.|
|Marana||IA airport in Arizona. Part of Iran Contra, and possible site where the 911 planes were made into drones.|
|National park||The remote locations of national parks, protected by special laws and armed forces, make them ideal for covert activities.|
|Seymour Hersh||“But one of the things we did, ostensibly to improve the conditions of prisoners, we demanded that the American soldiers operating in Afghanistan could only hold a suspected Taliban for four days, 96 hours. If not... after four days they could not be sure that this person was not a Taliban, he must be freed. Instead of just holding them and making them Taliban, you have to actually do some, some work to make the determination in the field. Tactically, in the field. So what happens of course, is after three or four days, "bang, bang" — I'm just telling you — they turn them over to the Afghans and by the time they take three steps away the shots are fired. And that's going on. It hasn't stopped. It's not just me that's complaining about it. But the stuff that goes on in the field, is still going on in the field — the secret prisons, absolutely, oh you bet they're still running secret prisons. Most of them are in North Africa, the guys running them are mostly out of Djibouti Djibouto [sic]. We have stuff in Kenya (doesn't mean they're in Kenya, but they're in that area).”||Seymour Hersh||January 2011|
|Malaysia Airlines Flight 370||“This report makes no attempt or claim to prove that the large low flying jet plane seen over Kudahuvadhoo that fateful early morning was MH 370. It merely sets the record straight that the jet plane that overflew Kudahuvadhoo has not yet been identified. The Maldives government first claimed there was "no plane", then the plane was a "private jet", then fifteen months later a "domestic propeller plane flight", then back to "no plane", then finally to say it cannot be discussed due to "national security".”||Blaine Gibson||2016|
|Malaysia Airlines Flight 370||“Clearly Boeing and certain agencies have the capacity to take over ‘uninterruptible control’ of commercial airliners of which MH370 B777 is one. Someone is hiding something, it is not fair that… Malaysia should take the blame. For some reason, the media will not print anything that involves Boeing or the CIA"”||Mahathir Mohamad||2014|
|Malaysia Airlines Flight 370||“My own view is that probably control was taken of that aeroplane, the events that happened during the course of its tracked flight will be anybody's guess of who did what and when. I think we need to know who was on this aeroplane in the detail that obviously some people do know, we need to know what was in the hold of the aeroplane, in the detail we need to know, in a transparent manner.”||Tim Clark||November 2014|
|Malaysia Airlines Flight 370/Blaine Alan Gibson's research||“This report makes no attempt or claim to prove that the large low flying jet plane seen over Kudahuvadhoo that fateful early morning was MH 370. It merely sets the record straight that the jet plane that overflew Kudahuvadhoo has not yet been identified. The Maldives government first claimed there was "no plane", then the plane was a "private jet", then fifteen months later a "domestic propeller plane flight", then back to "no plane", then finally to say it cannot be discussed due to "national security".”||Blaine Gibson||2016|
- Fifty Years of the Deep State by Mark Gorton
- Visão magazine journalist Rui Costa Pinto also testified before the DCIAP. He had written an article, rejected by the magazine, about flights passing through Lajes Field in the Azores, a Portuguese airbase used by the U.S. Air Force