Sunday, May 22, 2016

Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report

Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report

Don’t Let the CIA Disappear the Senate Torture Report

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Examples of torture and abuse of prisoners[edit]

  • The CIA had force-fed some prisoners orally and/or anally in order to establish “total control over the detainee.”[32]
  • The Committee found that "[a]t least five CIA detainees were subjected to 'rectal rehydration' or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity."[33]
  • At least one prisoner was "diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapse," symptoms normally associated with a violent rape.[34]
  • CIA officials Scott Miller and James Pavitt were told that rectal exams of at least two prisoners had been conducted with "excessive force."[34]
  • Threats were made to rape and murder children and/or family members of prisoners.[1]:4[35][36]
  • In November 2002 the CIA killed at least one prisoner during interrogation by hypothermia.[35][36] No CIA employees were disciplined as a result of his death.[35]
  • At least four prisoners with injuries to their legs (two with broken feet, one with a sprained ankle and one with an amputated leg) were forced to stand on their injuries.[35]
  • Prisoners were told that they would be killed. (For example: one prisoner was told "We can never let the world know what I have done to you", another was told that the only way he would be allowed to leave the prison would be in a coffin.)[35]
  • One CIA interrogator who was subsequently sent home early threatened a prisoner with a gun and power drill and played Russian Roulette with him.[34]
  • At least two prisoners were victims of "mock executions."[34]
  • Several prisoners almost died and became completely unresponsive or nearly drowned during waterboarding.[35]
  • Abu Zubaydah's eye was so badly damaged during his time in prison that it was surgically removed.[35]
  • Prisoners were kept awake for over one week (180 hours) causing at least five to experience "disturbing" hallucinations.[35]
  • One prisoner was psychologically traumatized to the point of being "a broken man" but CIA operatives stopped short of "complete[ly] break[ing] [him]."[35]
  • Prisoners were forced to use buckets for toilets.[34] As punishment, the waste bucket could be removed from a prisoner's cell.[37]
  • A report by the Federal Bureau of Prisons found that "they [had] never been in a facility where individuals were so sensory deprived i.e., constant white noise, no talking, everyone in the dark, with the guards wearing a light on their head when they collected and escorted a detainee to an interrogation cell, detainees constantly being shackled to the wall or floor, and the starkness of each cell (concrete and bars). There is nothing like this in the Federal Bureau of Prisons... detainees were not being treated... humanely."[34]
  • Janat Gul was tortured for months based on false accusations made by an informant.[1][34]
  • One prisoner was placed in a box the size of a coffin for over 11 days and was also placed for 29 hours in a box 21 inches (53 cm) wide, 2.5 feet (76 cm) deep and 2.5 feet (76 cm) high.[8]
  • CIA interrogators used unauthorized forms of torture such as forcing a prisoner to stand with his hand over his head for 2 1/2 days, putting a pistol next to his head and bathing him with a stiff brush.[8]
  • One detainee was subjected to "ice water baths" and 66 hours of standing sleep deprivation. He was later released as the CIA had mistaken his identity.[38]
  • Torture of prisoners led to serious mental harm (e.g. dementiaparanoiainsomnia, and attempts at self-harm [including suicide])[32]
  • Of the 119 known detainees, at least 39 were tortured by the CIA.[1] In at least six cases, the CIA used torture on suspects before evaluating whether they would be willing to cooperate.[1][35]

“The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations.” —Los Angeles Times

Meticulously formatted, this is a highly readable edition of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Central Intelligence Agency interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Based on over six million internal CIA documents, the report details secret prisons, prisoner deaths, interrogation practices, and cooperation with other foreign and domestic agencies. It also examines charges that the CIA deceived elected officials and governmental overseers about the extent and legality of its operations.
Over five years in the making, and withheld from public view since its declassification in April, 2014, this is the full summary report as finally released by the United States government on December 9th, 2014.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the WestHow America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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