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Bush administration tried to protect secret prisons

The Bush administration spent from 2003 to 2006 quietly trying to relax the draft language of a treaty meant to bar and punish "enforced disappearances," the Washington Post reported. Why? Because the treaty aimed at ending official kidnappings and detentions in Latin America, Russia, China, Iran and other countries — a treaty that the United States has long supported — could expose the CIA to possible punishment because of the secret prisons it was operating to hold terrorism suspects. Foreign governments opposed the proposed wording change, and the Bush administration ended up not endorsing the ban, which has since been signed by at least 81 countries.