Mountain Retreat was the code-name for the secret CIA prison Naylor had instructed Seventeen to transfer Isabelle to. It was situated in the isolated and mountainous Canillo region, in the country of Andorra. The highly secretive Andorran facility was part of the global internment network that had been established after 9/11 to deal with suspected terrorists. Even after the bad press received in 2005, when it was leaked to the world’s media that the CIA had secret prisons all over Europe, new prisons, or black sites, had been set up.The Ninth Orphan

Beyond the Wire

If there is a Splinter Civilization on the planet right now, in addition to having suppressed technologies, underground bases and trillions of dollars in black budgets at their disposal, they may also have secret prisons around the world. These could be used to incarcerate any who threaten to expose this breakaway group’s existence or otherwise thwart their New World Order plans.

Those who buy into this mega conspiracy believe it was uncovered, in part at least, when mainstream media outlets reported that the CIA covertly operates numerous prisons all over Europe that are in defiance of EU laws in every respect.

Many believe those prisons that have been exposed to date are merely the tip of the iceberg. They also warn there are signs the global elite could be building thousands of such incarceration centers – referred to as concentration camps by the most outspoken critics – in preparation for some kind of anarchistic or apocalyptic scenario.

Sounds a bit tinfoil hattish, right? Er…yes we’d have to agree!

Mind you, what do we mere mortals really know about what the global elite get up to when they’re not attending Bilderberg conferences or sailing their luxury yachts? Whenever any of us receive small fragments of news, like intelligence agencies managing illegal prisons in Europe, we assume that’s the extent of their unlawful activities and that justice will prevail now that such practices have been exposed.

But could that be a naïve assumption?


Seventeen knew why Naylor wanted Isabelle at this particular black site. Hidden amongst snow-covered mountains, the modern, nondescript Mountain Retreat facility was regarded as the most secure and secretive CIA prison on earth. As the van arrived at the detention center, Seventeen went through a strict security check to confirm she was a CIA employee. Once screened, she was cleared to drive Isabelle inside. The Ninth Orphan


The CIA’s global internment network

Much changed after 9/11. Some said the world would never be the same again – and for many that was true…

Wars broke out, international travel became problematic, civil liberties were reined in, and words and phrases like rendition, extraordinary rendition, black sites, WMD, weapons of mass destruction, ghost detainees, unlawful enemy combatants, Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror came into common usage.


‘Ghost detainees’ at a secret detention center.

The term black sites intrigued us. So we looked into these and were alarmed by what we discovered.

In military jargon, a black site is where a classified and unacknowledged defence project, or black project, is conducted. Such sites have earned notoriety following revelations that the CIA operates black sites for the purpose of detaining (illegally in the opinion of many) so-called unlawful enemy combatants – ostensibly to aid its War on Terror.

Mounting mainstream media speculation on the existence of such sites back in the mid-2000’s undoubtedly forced the hand of President George W. Bush who announced in September 2006 that secret CIA prisons did exist. He also confirmed that many of the detainees held in those prisons were to be transferred to GuantanamoBay.

In The Ninth Orphan, our heroine Isabelle is transferred to a black site that may or may not exist in the tiny European principality of Andorra, high in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.

While the Andorra site was a figment of our collective imagination, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility it could have existed for similar black sites are believed by many to have sprung up post 9/11 throughout Europe and on other continents.

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Countries involved in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition and detention program.

A report by The Washington Post dated January 23, 2014 caught our eye. Here’s an excerpt from that report:

“The CIA prison in Poland was arguably the most important of all the black sites created by the agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It was the first of a trio in Europe that housed the initial wave of accused Sept. 11 conspirators, and it was where Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind of the attacks, was waterboarded 183 times after his capture.

“Much about the creation and operation of the CIA’s prison at a base in one of the young democracies of Central Europe remains cloaked in mystery, matters that the U.S. government has classified as state secrets”.

As long ago as 2005, The Washington Post reported that “The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA’s unconventional war on terrorism. It depends on the cooperation of foreign intelligence services, and on keeping even basic information about the system secret from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress charged with overseeing the CIA’s covert actions”.

Poland, the UK and Romania are just three of the European countries black site watchers have named among the 30 countries rumored to hold (between them) scores of detainees on behalf of the US. Those same sources claim American ships have also been used as floating prisons, boosting the likely number of black sites to more than 90 worldwide.

Add to that an EU report stating the CIA operated over 1200 flights ferrying alleged terrorist suspects to and from “detention centers” in Europe, and it’s a no-brainer that EU countries have played their part in this game.


Combatting a dearth of information

Exactly how the game is played is open to conjecture as there is no single source of reliable information. Not outside of the CIA at least, and the agency ain’t talking – not to us anyway.

From all reports it appears there could be hundreds of detainees at any given time – the majority being ghost detainees apprehended in Europe and transported to other countries as part of an extraordinary rendition process.

A detainee gets the treatment.

Most interest, however, surrounds those classed as unlawful enemy combatants – the most important of whom are detained at sites that are totally off the grid. Those not so important have been transferred by the CIA to friendly agencies in other countries.

Commonly acknowledged estimates of numbers of detainees could be conservative in the extreme if unsubstantiated media reports are correct. For example, in The Observor, June 13, 2004, South East Asia correspondent Jason Burk reports: “The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an ‘invisible’ network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared without trace since the ‘war on terror’ began”.

The report goes on to mention “secret operations that by-pass extradition laws” and adds that the “astonishing traffic has seen many, including British citizens, sent from the West to countries where they can be tortured to extract information”.

In an item published on, reporter Stephen Grey, author of Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Rendition and Torture Program, says the US Government needs to account for the fate of more than 500 prisoners handed over to the United States since 9/11 by Pakistan. “All were rendered into U.S. custody without any extradition procedures,” he says.

As an aside, in the same article Grey claims the CIA’s rendition program is nothing new and has been going on for decades.

“Rendition began in 1883 when Frederick Ker was kidnapped in Peru by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and rendered back to Chicago to face trial for grand larceny,” he says. “The tactic was endorsed by the Supreme Court… These renditions…were renditions to courts of law…very different from the CIA’s current covert program of extraordinary rendition, in which terror suspects are sent not to justice but into the hands of rough allies.”

Prisoners being flown to  Guantanamo.

After the negative press that has surrounded GuantanamoBay, horror stories have emerged of prolonged and intentional use of torture and abuse of detainees. Released prisoners claim they were subjected to many forms of torture, ranging from beatings and sleep deprivation to sexual abuse and temperature extremes. Add to this suicides and attempted suicides by detainees, and you get the idea it’s a sorry state of affairs.

Detainees at the not-so-secret US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. 

The allegations of torture and abuse at GuantanamoBay and other black sites have been given credence by official reports from respectable organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International. However, it’s clear much information is being withheld from the public.


“Miss Alleget, I’m not going to kid you.” Seventeen pulled up a chair and sat only a meter from Isabelle. “This place makes Guantanamo Bay seem like paradise. But if you co-operate and answer all my questions, I won’t have to torture you.” The Ninth Orphan


Other black sites

As mentioned, there are theories that black sites go far beyond the clandestine CIA prisons, and secret prisons can be found all over America and, as also mentioned, throughout the world.

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Satellite photo of an alleged covert CIA prison in Afghanistan.

Many Americans will be familiar with the Federal Emergency Management Agency conspiracy theory that insists FEMA has set up hundreds of secret prisons – also referred to by some as concentration camps – throughout the US to detain anyone deemed to present a threat to national security.

This theory may seem extreme to the common individual, but conspiracy theorists assure anyone who will listen that they have uncovered enough evidence to prove concentration camps are being built on American soil and are being managed by the military.

Apparently, these clandestine facilities will be used to detain dissenting American citizens once the one world government officially swings into action. But not everyone agrees…

According to, “FEMA concentration camps exist in the mind of a particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists who believe that mass internment facilities have been built across the continental United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in preparation for a future declaration of martial law.”

RationalWiki goes on to say: “There are several videos purporting to show footage of the camps, as well as shots of ominous-looking fences and webpages listing locations of over 800 camps, allegedly all fully guarded and staffed full-time despite being completely empty.”

One of the videos RationalWiki undoubtedly refers to is an episode Governor Jesse Ventura made for his Conspiracy Theory television series. Shot in 2010 and titled Police State FEMA Camps,it was unaccountably pulled off air, but (at the time of writing) it can still be viewed on YouTube. It highlights so-called fusion centers and FEMA camps which, according to the program, have been set up “to imprison innocent Americans” who have been spied on and rounded up by “the secret government”.

An offical US prison supposedly converted to a FEMA center.


Comparisons with Nazi death camps

Locations of alleged FEMA camps in North America.

One of several informants Ventura’s team interviews describes fusion centers as “command centers for a network of concentration camps – similar to the Nazi concentration camps – for US citizens who don’t toe the line”. This is supported by footage of several modern establishments that do look suspiciously like concentration camps, complete with tight security and razor wire fences.

As the program’s voice-over would have us believe, “Jesse Ventura uncovers a plot to force martial law on law abiding citizens, replace 50 states with 10 giant prison sectors, fill up hundreds of concentration camps with people like you and me, and pull the trigger with a disease pandemic.”

In support of these assertions, Ventura and his TV crew visit one establishment where, from the cover of trees, hundreds of new plastic coffins can be seen stockpiled row upon row inside the perimeter fence, ostensibly in preparation for one of the pandemics referred to above. Soon after the arrival of Ventura’s team, trucks arrive and start transporting the coffins away, leaving viewers to draw their own conclusion.

The coffins, incidentally, are referred to by officialdom as “plastic grave-liners”.


Plastic coffins or grave-liners…stockpiled for what?

The fact that this particular episode of Conspiracy Theory was pulled off air, allegedly in response to Government pressure, would seem to lend some weight to the message Ventura was trying to get across. Certainly, it does give pause for thought.

HALInterestingly, the name Halliburton keeps cropping up in the video in relation to the coffins and the fusion centers that feature in it. Halliburton Company, of course, is the multinational corporation that George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are connected with. Yes the same corporation involved in controversies dating back to the Iraq War. Anyway, Halliburton is named as the designer of the fusion centers, and one of its (unnamed) associate companies is said to have supplied the coffins.

Ventura interviews retired FBI agent Mike German who is especially critical of the fusion centers and their management. A 16-year veteran of the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent in domestic terrorism, bank fraud and public corruption investigations, German says the centers have no oversight or guidelines, and he agrees with Ventura that their management and purpose are undemocratic.

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The episode of Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory series that was pulled off air.

It should be noted that not all conspiracy theorists have bought in to Governor Ventura’s assertions regarding the FEMA camps and fusion centers.’s Ryan Dube calls Ventura’s assertions fear-mongering. Dube says, “True researchers not only track down leads in…documents and by conducting interviews, but more importantly they do not jump to conclusions based on shabby evidence. True conspiracy researchers remain honest with readers and viewers regarding what is actually known, and what remains unknown. Unfortunately, these are lessons that Jesse Ventura…never learned.”

Dube describes as “all lies” claims that the centers are spying on every American who speaks out against the government and that huge piles of “coffins” are being stored for future mass genocides. “It does legitimate conspiracy researchers…a great disservice to spread fear-mongering and disinformation in an effort to increase ratings and create misdirected fear among the American population,” he says.

Using documentation TopSecretWriters obtained, apparently on request, from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Dube attempts to debunk core theories that Ventura highlights in the program.

“In fact, the effort by the DHS in creating these centers,” according to Dube, “was to allow local law enforcement to respond more quickly whenever someone is spotted casing out a bridge, a bank, or a high rise building as part of planning for another terrorist attack.”

Given Homeland Security would be first in the firing line if Governor Ventura’s allegations about the real purpose of the centers and camps were ever proven correct, we are not sure if the department is the most reliable source of information in this debate. Nevertheless, we accede that many Americans – possibly most – will accept Homeland Security’s word as gospel on this issue.

Regardless, images of prison-like camps and stockpiled items that look suspiciously like plastic coffins would appear to undermine the official explanation.


Seventeen didn’t even glance at any of the detainees as she pushed Isabelle along. Having worked as an interrogator and torturer at several CIA prisons around the world, she knew all about the secret internment program. She understood some of the detainees were major terrorist suspects while others were considered less important, having limited intelligence value and little direct involvement in terrorism. Isabelle had been classified as among the latter group, the cover story being that she was the former lover of a low-level Al Qaeda figure. This allowed the CIA and Omega to detain the Frenchwoman legally. The Ninth Orphan


Martial Law in effect

On February 3, 2014 The Huffington Post reported, “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict”.

Flashback to Japanese-American detainees interned in California during WW2.

The article goes on to mention that Scalia told staff and students at the university “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again”.

Inspired by Scalia’s comments, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton, creators of alternative news site, wrote in an article dated February 5, 2014, “Martial Law has already been established on paper, and a Supreme Court Justice now warns that the nation’s highest court would back executive orders to intern Americans, as it did during WWII.”

The article asks how quickly would the Obama Administration or a future President use the powers of Executive Order to hold Americans in actual camps in the event of future crisis – be it natural disaster, false flag terrorism, economic collapse or a large-scale war.

“This is particularly pertinent,” Dykes and Melton continue, “given that acts of legislation such as H.R. 645 have been introduced to establish ‘National Emergency Centers’ for times of crisis and that hundreds of facilities in major metropolitan areas across the country have been designated for use as FEMA camps and readied for mass population processing and control… these authors have covered several of these facilities and relevant drills, and the intent is becoming very clear.”


Formalities over, Seventeen wheeled the prisoner along a corridor which took them past still more cells. Isabelle saw Muslim detainees dressed in orange overalls. Some were praying, others were being interrogated by CIA personnel. She caught a glimpse of a bearded Arab man with fresh wounds on his bare chest. Isabelle sensed this prison was one big torture chamber. She shuddered as the thought of what her abductor and the guards had in store for her. The Ninth Orphan


So, who do you believe? The “particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists” RationalWiki refers to, or the politicians who either deny existence of the FEMA camps or assure us their existence is solely to safeguard the interests of law abiding citizens?

Tough choice isn’t it? Not sure the word of any of the above can be fully trusted.

Where do we stand on this? we hear you ask. (Our hearing is highly attuned to such questions even if they’re only whispered in your thoughts)!

On the question of FEMA camps specifically, we’d have to say on the strength of our research there’s no doubt they exist, but their true purpose remains debatable. Certainly, for Americans at least, there are sufficient rumors and innuendo to warrant a degree of nervousness, caution and alertness.

On the question of secret prisons, or so-called black sites, since the veil of secrecy was lifted – in part anyway – off various CIA prisons in Europe, and their true purpose was officially acknowledged, there’s no doubting the existence of these sites. What’s still in doubt is the number of black sites, their locations and how many suspects are detained within their walls.

Britain to compensate former Guantanamo Bay detainees alleging abuse

There’s no doubting the existence of black sites like this one. The question is…how many? 

As for other secret prisons, clandestine containment centers, illegal holding pens – call them what you will – around the world, it would be naïve to deny their existence. We need only consider the fate of political dissidents in countries like North Korea to know there are probably hundreds if not thousands of secret prisons around the globe.

Just between us, we are quietly hoping we don’t end up in such an establishment as a result of the release of this book into the public domain! In case we do, please put in a good word for us. Assure our jailers we are only members of that particularly loopy bunch of conspiracy theorists we referred to earlier and are a threat to no-one but ourselves! We have a long list of friends – and an even longer list of former friends – who can vouch for that.


Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at:

A book that’s for the common people.


Not all is what it seems! –James & Lance




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