Friday, August 14, 2009

Secret C.I.A. Prison Mastermind Exposed

Written by: Adam Sosnik

Kyle D. Foggo helped oversee the construction of the C.I.A.’s terrifying prison systems. ... Known by his C.I.A. colleagues as Dusty, Kyle D. Foggo was the spy agency’s chief of its main European supply base in Frankfurt, Germany. Before the September 11 terrorist attacks, he led a relatively low-key unit, shipping out supplies to allies throughout the region once or twice a month by airplane. After the attacks, Foggo’s budget immediately increased to $7 million, and he was managing multiple flights daily, shipping supplies to U.S. forces, C.I.A. operatives, and Afghan allies in Afghanistan. His resourceful ability to ship anything anywhere at short notice left some of his C.I.A. counterparts jokingly comparing him to Milo Minderbinder, the fictional black market entrepreneur in Joseph Heller’s novel, “Catch-22.”

This all changed in March, 2003, when two C.I.A. officials asked Foggo for a lucrative yet secret request; to help build secret C.I.A. prisons, known as “black sites,” to harbor the world's most dangerous terrorist masterminds and operators. Overseeing the construction of three secret detention centers in Romania, Morocco, and somewhere outside an Eastern bloc city, Foggo used the military supply contracting company, Archer Logistics, which was connected to an old friend, Brent R. Wilkes, to provide and install plumbing, toilets, bedding, etc. In return for the $1.7 million C.I.A. contract, Wilkes rewarded Foggo with fancy vacations and expensive dinners. Now Foggo is serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud. The secret prison systems continue to exist, but have not used extreme interrogation methods, like water boarding, since 2003. Jason Bourne author and creator Robert Ludlum couldn’t make this stuff up if he tried.

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