Weird History

America's History Of Running Secret Black Site Prisons Is Even Darker Than You'd Think

The business of the CIA is always cloaked in mystery, especially when it comes to CIA black sites - locations deliberately kept “off-the-books” so the activities conducted there cannot be questioned.

Government black sites have a long, dark history, but they became much more common after the start of the United States’ War on Terror in 2001. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the American government has used the idea of potential threats to set up and commit horrific acts within CIA black sites all over the world.

Some of the world's most infamous individuals have found themselves inside the walls of various black sites, like the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. While there, these offenders - and numerous others who were only suspected of anti-American activities - have undergone unbelievable and unconstitutional acts of torture, all in the name of discovering information.

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to limit enhanced interrogations and stop sites like Guantanamo from admitting new prisoners. But in 2018, President Donald Trump reversed the order, bringing the topic of CIA black sites back into the public consciousness.