US officials have acknowledged the existence of secret military-run prisons across Afghanistan where alleged terrorists are held and interrogated without charges, for weeks or months on end.
The US military previously denied operating secret prison systems in Afghanistan, although a number of human rights groups insisted they were.
Recently however US government and military officials confirmed to the Associated Press (AP) the existence of the secret prisons, claiming they existed as temporary holding centers used to gather intelligence. They said detainees were held at such sites for 14 days, unless it is deemed necessary they stay longer. According to AP some detainees have been held for nine weeks.
The previously administration, under former US President George W. Bush ran a network of secret CIA detention sites, a program US President Barack Obama was highly critical off, yet the a new network under the Obama administration was discovered.
Little is known about the methods which are being employed in interrogations today, but if they resemble Bush-era tactics, torture is likely being used.