The current debate in the US on the “special interrogation methods” sanctioned by the Bush administration could soon reach Europe. It has long been clear that the CIA used the Szymany military airbase in Poland for extraordinary renditions. Now there is evidence of a secret prison nearby.
It was apparently here, just under an hour’s drive from Szymany airport, that Sheikh Mohammed was tortured, exactly 183 times with waterboarding — an interrogation technique that simulates the sensation of drowning — in March, 2003 alone. That averages out to eight times a day.