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>> The White House backing away from a proposal to reinstate so-called CIA black sites that were used for torture during the Bush administration, according to the New York Times. The news comes after a draft of an executive order on this subject was recently leaked to the media, prompting backlash from both sides of the aisle.
Officials now telling the Times that a revised version of the executive order no longer contains language about the black sites, but still calls for expanding the use of the Guantanamo Bay prison and blocking future detainee transfers. On Thursday, President Donald Trump appointed a former black site prison operator, Gina Haspel, as the new deputy CIA Director.