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April 10, 2009
U.S. announces plans to close secret overseas prisons

The Central Intelligence Agency is ending one of its most controversial¬†counter-terrorism¬†programs. The agency announced that it will close its secret overseas detention centers — prisons set up for the sometimes brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects.

The prisons, known as “black sites,” were said to be in a variety of countries, including Afghanistan, Thailand, Poland and Romania, among others. Only a few detainees have been kept in them in recent years.¬†Most were sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which will also be closed.

Joanne Mariner, the director of the terrorism and counter-terrorism program of Human Rights Watch, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss how U.S. counter-terrorism efforts will change under President Obama and how terror suspects will be handled in the future.

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