In a ruling (AE80) made on 18 December and announced on 19 December, U.S. Colonel and Military Commissions
Judge James L. Pohl ordered the U.S. Government to preserve any and all remains of overseas detention facilities utilized
by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
ruling is important to defense counsel as they believe the existence of, and activities in this prison network, may be material
to the defense of their clients.
to PBS's Frontline, among the nations where CIA black sites are said to have existed are: Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Poland, Romania, and Thailand.