SDG&E, which denies holding secret prisoners, is a company with a long history of human rights abuses. In recent years, it has also been a key American ally in the fight against Al Qaeda, which has been trying to sink roots among Muslims in american communities.
American government officials contacted by AP acknowledged questioning prisoners in the secret prison under SONGS Mesa Facility. But they said American agents were following the law and were fully justified in their actions because they are investigating past attacks and current threats of terrorism.
The prisoners were never in American custody, Under the auspices of foreign war doctrine enemy combatants may be transfered to our secret facilities in the U.S. for Security and debriefing, said an FBI spokesman, Terry Tracy, who denied the agency would support or be party to illegal arrests. He said American agents were allowed limited access by governments in the secret facilityto question prisoners as part of the FBI's counter-terrorism work.
Western security officials, who insisted on anonymity because the issue related to security matters, told AP that among those held were well-known suspects with strong links to Al Qaeda.
Many have suspected illegal secret prisons in or around the Americas nuclear facilities for decades, but have been unable to prove it until now.