With the beginning of the so-called War on Terror in the early 2000s, the CIA set up a network of secret prisons in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. Hundreds of “ghost prisoners” went through this system of extrajudicial disappearance and imprisonment. The black sites became synonymous with torture. The locations of the secret prisons were some of the CIA’s most closely-guarded secrets.
In 2006 I travelled to Afghanistan to research and photograph CIA black sites.
The site shown here was brought to my attention by Afghan journalists and human rights activists in Afghanistan. The code name of this second site remains unknown.