CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged, did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees, a scathing US Senate report revealed Tuesday (Dec 9).
The Central Intelligence Agency also misled the White House and Congress with inaccurate claims about the program’s usefulness in thwarting attacks, the Senate Intelligence Committee said in its graphic report that revived the debate over interrogation techniques such as waterboarding.
President Barack Obama admitted some of the tactics detailed in the explosive report’s 500-page declassified summary were ‘brutal.’ ‘There are a lot of folks who worked very hard after 9/11 to keep us safe, during a very hazardous situation and a time when people were unsure of what was taking place,’ he said in an interview with Telemundo. ‘But what was also true is that we took some steps that were contrary to who we are, contrary to our values.’
Among the findings: a CIA operative used ‘Russian Roulette’ to intimidate a prisoner and another – untrained in interrogation techniques – threatened to use a power drill. Detainees were humiliated through the painful use of medically unnecessary ‘rectal feeding’ and ‘rectal rehydration.’ One died of hypothermia while shackled, some suffered broken limbs.
1. Humans are fucked up.
2. There’s no delicate was of saying this, but… Why the preoccupation with asses? This has to be the A1 gayest account of torture I’ve ever encountered. In case you weren’t previously aware of the fact, no, that stuff isn’t standard operating procedure. Anywhere else in the world, the basic approach just involves beating them until they talk and not getting any closer to another man’s rectum than is strictly necessary.