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CIA Black Sites: Trump to Revive Torture Prisons? Media Sends Mixed Messages

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Razor wire tops the fence of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay on Oct. 23, 2016, at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 02:36 PM

Sources close to the White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not plan to revive CIA “black site” prisons or deviate from current laws on interrogation tactics like waterboarding.

The New York Times, The Associated Press, and other news agencies reported earlier Wednesday the Trump administration was considering an executive order to review both policies, with the AP citing a draft that would “recommend to the president whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States.”

According to Fox News, however, sources said the document in question is from the transition and only suggested possible policies the administration could pursue. The sources said there was no plan to revive CIA “black sites” overseas or review, let alone change, any procedures from the Army Field Manual now in use for interrogations.

Black sites are prisons where questionable interrogation techniques often called torture were used.

In addition, the draft document referred to by the AP reportedly instructed personnel were expected to follow all current U.S. laws and specifically rejected “torture,” Fox News reported.

Although The New York Times specified the draft would only set up a review process, not change any laws, other websites like Salon.com went much further, with Salon’s headline reading, “President Trump is going to repeal Obama’s ban on torture-filled “black site” prisons.”

Even The New York Times’ own headline read, “Trump Poised to Lift Ban on CIA ‘Black Site’ Prisons,” suggesting much more than just a review of current policies. The article’s first paragraph suggested the administration “is preparing” an executive order despite knowing the document was one draft of many and might never see the light of day.

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Sources close to the White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not plan to revive CIA "black site" prisons or deviate from current laws on interrogation tactics like waterboarding.
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