6,501. 11/2/2005

According to The Washington Post on November 2, 2005: “at least eight countries have participated [in hosting clandestine prisons known as ‘black sites’]. …For the host countries, there were both political and legal liabilities. State-enforced disappearances are not only illegal in the United States, but such practices also violate laws in almost all of the allied countries whose cooperation the United States sought. There were financial rewards for the host countries, however. One year of the Afghan prison operation alone cost an estimated $100 million, which Congress hid in a classified annex of the first supplemental Afghan appropriations bill in 2002. Among the services that U.S. taxpayers unwittingly paid for were medieval-like dungeons, including a reviled former brick factory outside of Kabul known as ‘The Salt Pit.’ ”

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 148

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