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The dark prison is the informal name used by some Guantanamo Bay detainees for a secret prison they claim they were detained in near Kabul, Afghanistan.[1] According to an article distributed by Reuters, eight Guantanamo detainees have described the conditions they were held under in "the dark prison".

Detainees claimed that they were detained in complete darkness for weeks on end. They described being deprived of food and water and being fed filthy food and water when they were fed.[1] The prisoners' details have been consistent, saying that the guards did not wear military uniforms — prompting Human Rights Watch to suggest it was run as a black site by the Central Intelligence Agency. One prisoner reported being threatened with rape.[1] In 2011, The Miami Herald reported that the Dark Prison is another name for the Salt Pit.[2] Two Afghan captives died there in 2005 and a Department of Defense investigation finally concluded they had been murdered, as some detainees had claimed.[2]

Detainees who claimed to have been detained in the dark prison[]

Jamil al-Banna
  • arrested in Gambia with Bisher al-Rawi and others
  • transported to the black site
  • detained at Guantanamo Bay from March 2003 to December 19, 2007
Abd al-Salam Ali al-Hila
Bisher al-Rawi
Hassin Bin Attash
  • claims he was tortured in the black sites
  • 17 when captured
  • detained in Camp Delta
  • brother of Waleed Muhammad bin Attash
Binyam Mohammed
  • claims he was tortured in the black sites
  • detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps until February 2009
  • US government claimed he was a co-conspirator of Jose Padilla in a bombing plot, but dropped charges
Laid Saidi
  • Saidi worked for the Al-Haramain Foundation in Tanzania; captured May 10, 2003.[3]
  • Was detained in "Salt Pit" at the same time as Khaled el-Masri, a German resident abducted while on vacation in Macedonia.
Sanad al-Kazimi
  • Alleges he was beaten with electric cables and attempted suicide three times in the prison.[4]
  • Held in "the black prison" for forty days before being transferred to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2007.[5]
  • Reports that the walls of the prison are concrete blocks. Captives who had been held there a long time say they were originally plywood, painted black.
  • Believed the prison was near Bagram base, and was also called "Tor Jail".

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Operated Secret ‘Dark Prison’ in Kabul (Human Rights Watch, 19-12-2005)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rosenberg, Carol, Jonathan Landay, "Prosecutors probing deaths of two CIA captives", The Miami Herald, June 30, 2011[dead link]
  3. Algerian Tells of Dark Term in U.S. Hands, New York Times, July 7, 2006 - mirror
  4. Mayer, Jane, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, 2008. p. 274-275
  5. "Interviews With Detainees". New York Times. 2009-11-29. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. 
  1. ^ "Detainees describe 'dark prison'", Science Daily, December 19, 2005

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