It is alleged that the CIA is holding and interrogating suspected al Qaeda members at secret facilities in eight countries, including some in eastern Europe. US newspaper The Washington Post claims the detention centres are part of a covert global prison system set up after the September 11 attacks.Human Rights Watch spokesman Marc Garlasco feels the US is almost encouraging other countries to employ questionable interrogation techniques. He said: “We haven’t been surprised by this story. In fact we’ve been tracking many of the CIA detention facilities via their airplane logs. The CIA has these aircraft that they use to move people around, they’re called renditions, bringing prisoners from Afghanistan through any part of the world that they would like.” The Bush administration’s policy towards prisoners taken in Afghanistan and Iraq has come under heavy criticism both at home and abroad. The Post, citing several former and current intelligence and government officials, said the CIA was using foreign prisons because the conditions and practices would be illegal in the United States.