By Tanya Blake
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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released a controversial report on the CIA’s interrogation practices — claiming the “brutal” techniques the agency used on detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks “were not effective.”
Below are highlights from the report:
Interrogators Admitted to Sexual Assault
According the the report, “Numerous CIA interrogators and other CIA personnel associated with the program had either suspected or documented personal and professional problems that raised questions about their judgment and CIA employment. This group of officers included individuals who, among other issues, had engaged in inappropriate detainee interrogations, had workplace anger management issues, and had reportedly admitted to sexual assault.”
Humus, Pasta, Nuts and Raisins Rectally Infused
Several detainees, including Marwan al-Jabbur, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Abu Zubaydah, underwent “rectal rehydration” or “rectal fluid resuscitation,” and detainee Majid Klian’s “lunch tray,” consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins, was “pureed” and rectally infused.
According to CIA medical officers, “[w]hile IV infusion is safe and effective, we were impressed with the ancillary effectiveness of rectal infusion on ending water refusal.”
Detainee Stuffed in a Coffin-Like Box
Detainee Abu Zubaydah spent 266 hours in a “large confinement box” that looked like a “coffin.” He spent an additional 29 hours in an even smaller box, which was 21 inches wide, 2.5 feet deep, and 2.5 feet tall.
24-Hours of EIT
Zubaydah was placed “in complete isolation for 47 days,” then subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques on a near 24-hour-per-day basis.” During water-boardingsessions, he “cried, begged, pleaded, and whimpered” but denied having any information. At one point, he “became completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.”
Though Additional Intelligence ‘Highly Unlikely,’ Waterboarding Continues
Even after the interrogation team told CIA headquarters that it was “highly unlikely” he had the information they were looking for, interrogators continued to water-board Abu Zubaydah, who “coughed, vomited, and had involuntary spasms of the torso and extremities’” during the procedure.
CIA Personnel ‘Choking Up’ During Water-boarding
During one water-boarding session, Zubaydah began convulsing. According to CIA records, “it seems the collective opinion that we should not go much further.” Several on the team were “profoundly affected,” “some to the point of tears and choking up.”
Interrogator Intimidates Detainee With Power Drill
Another detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was blindfolded before an interrogator placed a pistol near his head and operated a cordless power drill near his body.
‘Let’s Roll With the New Guy’
Less than two hours after the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-professed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in March 2003, an CIA interrogation chief sent an email to CIA headquarters requesting permission to “press [Sheikh Mohammed] for threat info right away.” The subject line: “Let’s roll with the new guy.”
Medical Officer: Water-boarding is ‘Basically…Drownings’
During water-boarding sessions, Sheikh Mohammed ingested significant amounts of water. According to CIA records, his abdomen “was somewhat distended and he expressed water when the abdomen was pressed.”
“In the new technique,” a medical officer wrote, “we are basically doing a series of near drownings.”
EIT Allows Sheikh Mohammed to ‘Transform Interrogations into ‘Battles of Will’
Sheikh Mohammed was also subject to abdominal and facial slaps, standing sleep deprivation, stress positions, nudity, water dousing. And although he hadn’t determined it was medically necessary, an interrogation chief also ordered rectal hydration. The procedure, the chief said, illustrated the interrogators’ “total control over the detainee” – but an on-site psychologist later concluded that sessions would have been more successful had interrogators avoided “confrontations that allow [Sheikh Mohammed] to transform the interrogation into battles of will with their interrogator.”
Adopt a “Mr. Rogers’ Persona”
The interrogation team eventually concluded the enhanced techniques had caused Sheikh Mohammed to “clam up,” prompting interrogators to adopt a “softer Mr. Rogers’ persona.”
In what the interrogation team deemed the “best session held to date,” a “more cooperative” Sheikh Mohammad revealed information about an individual he described as the protector of his children. The information turned out to be fabricated, resulting in the capture and detention of two innocent people.
Family Photo Hung on the Wall
When interrogators concluded there would be “no further movement” in Sheikh Mohammed’s interrogations, detention site personnel hung a photograph of his sons in his cell to “[heighten] his imagination concerning where they are, who has them, [and] what is in store for them.”
Interrogators Threatened Families
CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families. Those threats included doing harm to the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee and to “cut” a detainee’s mother’s throat
News Source:Yahoo News
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