Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar were my clients. Belhaj led a Libyan Islamist group that sought to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi; Boudchar, a Moroccan citizen, is his wife. The CIA abducted them in 2004 with the help of Libya and the United Kingdom. CIA officers roughed them up at a “black site” in Thailand—a year and a half after Gina Haspel, recently confirmed as director of the CIA, had reportedly shut down the Thai site code-named “Cat’s Eye”—and shipped the couple to Gadhafi’s Libya. At the time, Boudchar was heavily pregnant.
Cori Crider, a U.S. lawyer, directed all of Reprieve’s national-security work for seven years. She has litigated force feeding at Guantanamo; rendition and U.S.-U.K. intelligence sharing; surveillance of privileged attorney-client conversations; and drone attacks outside traditional combat theaters. She writes and consults on the national-security state and the human-rights implications of mass data-sifting processes.
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