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Polish officials have consistently denied the existence of CIA detention centres in Poland since the Washington Post, citing unnamed CIA sources, first reported in 2005 that such places existed in Europe as part of the U.S. "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush wrote in his recently published memoir "Decision Points" that he authorised the use of waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on Zubaydah, who was arrested in
"According to the information we have, Abu Zubaydah was one of those people detained and interrogated by the CIA somewhere on the
"Today I notified the prosecutor's office in
Another suspected al Qaeda member, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, recently asked to give testimony in a Polish probe into the issue of CIA secret prisons after also saying he was held by
A Central Intelligence Agency report published last year confirmed that CIA employees used harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects that went beyond approved limits.
Zubaydah and Nashiri are both being held at the
Zubaydah's lawyers say they think he was brought to a secret site in
"Abu Zubaydah is the first -- in fact he has been described as the guinea pig -- for the enhanced interrogation programme. All of the techniques were applied to him," Joseph Margulies, a
Waterboarding was banned by Bush's successor, President Barack Obama, shortly after he took office in 2009.
Reports by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament have confirmed
(Reporting by Rafal Kalicki, writing by Gareth Jones, editing by Tim Pearce)
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