In the months after 9/11/2001, the CIA pursued and captured scores of alleged terrorists, setting up "black sites" used for "harsh interrogations" (aka tortune). Investigative journalists undertook the challenge of uncovering the secret prison system and naming the "disappeared" prisoners. How this journalistic quest started and managed to reveal a rare glimpse into the CIA's secret operations is the focus of an Osher special lecture by one of the investigative journalists involved.
Margot Williams is research editor for investigations at "The Intercept," an online news publication. She has had a distinguished career in the investigative reporting world. During 14 years at "The Washington Post," Margot was a member of two Pulitzer-prize winning teams. In the aftermath of 9/11, at "The Washington Post," and later "The New York Times," she investigated the network of jets and shell companies involved in the transport of terrorism suspects among secret prisons around the world. She compiled the first list of Guantanamo detainees – years before their names were made public – and created the comprehensive Guantanamo database on the Times website. At "The Intercept" she has been analyzing the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden. She lives in the DC area.
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