26 November 2013, 12:52

CIA offers freedom and porno to Gitmo prisoners for killing Al Qaeda terrorists

CIA offers freedom and porno to Gitmo prisoners for killing Al Qaeda terrorists

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the CIA reportedly launched a secret program to turn prisoners of Guantanamo Bay detention into double agents. The prisoners were offered freedom in return for their help in killing terrorists back at home.

The program was carried out in a complex known as Penny Lane just a few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the prison, according to unnamed current and former US officials. It aided in the killing of top al-Qaeda operatives.

Staying at the secret facility was much more comfortable than in the prison next door. There were comfortable beds, private kitchens, a small patio — and even pornography, for those who asked. CIA personnel jokingly referred to the complex as "the Marriott."

The Gitmo prisoners agreed to participate in the program for various reasons. Some detainees were promised that the US would guarantee safety for their families. One prisoner agreed to cooperate after the CIA insinuated it would harm his children.

The CIA also paid the recruits millions of dollars from the agency’s secret account, codenamed Pledge, in return for their help.

Dozens of prisoners were evaluated but only a handful was turned into spies who signed agreements to work for the CIA. To qualify for the program, recruits needed good connections with terrorist organizations, notably al-Qaeda.

Once accepted into the secret program, candidates were instructed by the US intelligence agency to spy on behalf of the CIA in its effort to capture or kill al-Qaeda operatives.

Some of the information provided by the released double agents was used to launch Predator drone strikes, an official said, while others ultimately stopped providing information and lost contact with the CIA.

The biggest fear, former officials involved with the program recalled, was that a former detainee would attack Americans then publicly announce that he had been on the CIA payroll.

The US government had such high hopes for Penny Lane that one former intelligence official recalled discussions about whether to secretly release a pair of Pakistani men into the United States on student or business visas. The hope was that they would connect with al-Qaeda and lead authorities to members of a US cell.

The program ended in 2006 as the flow of detainees to Gitmo slowed to a trickle.

President Obama made closing Gitmo one of the signature policy priorities of his first run for office but the US is still holding more than 160 prisoners there.

Voice of Russia, buzzfeed.com, theprovince.com, The Telegraph

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