North African nation hosting secret prisoners identified. According
to informed intelligence sources, the country that is hosting most of the U.S.
terrorist suspects moved from Eastern European secret prisons in advance of
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's recent European visit is Morocco.
Many of the prisoners are being held at remote prisons established by former
King Hassan II to torture political prisoners. Many of these prisons are in
located high in the Atlas Mountains and are so remote, they can only be easily
reached by helicopter.
The deal with Morocco was reached as a result of the close relations between
Morocco's King Mohammed VI and former Secretary of State and UN Special Envoy
for Western Sahara James Baker, Baker's Special Envoy assistant John Bolton,
and former US ambassador to Morocco Margaret Tutwiler. Western Sahara is illegally
occupied by Morocco but the Bush administration supports the continued Moroccan
occupation of the oil and mineral rich territory. In return, Morocco has supported
the holding of "Al Qaeda" suspects, interrogations by its security
services, and close liaison with Israeli intelligence and military personnel.