Poland’s CIA Case Stalls, Sparking Fears of Cover-Up

Five Years of Investigation and No Charges

Lawyers for Abu Zubaydah. a detainee held at a CIA black site in Poland, warn that the Polish government has been dragging its feet on the case for so long that there is little hope of a serious legal outcome anymore.

The legal brief, filed in the European Court of Human Rights, notes that five solid years of investigation have not produced a single charge against anyone, and expresses concern that the evidence has been held secret for so long that it could be readily covered up by security services.

The US has been fighting to keep details of the black site and torture therein secret, and Poland’s former government, which oversaw its operation, has complained that allowing the media to talk about it is a national embarrassment.

Polish officials say that the complexity of the case is the cause for the delay, but human rights groups say they believe that diplomatic pressure, particularly from the US, is also keeping a lot of details away from the public. Whether the case ever emerges or simply remains a long-term mystery remains to be seen.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.