Senate Report on CIA's Interrogation Practices Shows Excessive T - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Senate Report on CIA's Interrogation Practices Shows Excessive Torture

Posted:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with stories of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

Treatment in secret prisons a decade ago was worse than the government told Congress or the public, said the report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, the first official public accounting after years of debate about the CIA's brutal handling of prisoners.

Five hundred pages were released, representing the executive summary and conclusions of a still-classified 6,700-page full investigation.

President Barack Obama declared the past practices to be "contrary to our values" and pledged, "I will continue to use my authority as president to make sure we never resort to those methods again."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the committee chairman, branded the findings a stain on the nation's history.

"Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured," she declared, commanding the Senate floor for an extended accounting of the harsh techniques identified in the report.

Tactics included weeks of sleep deprivation, slapping and slamming of detainees against walls, confining them to small boxes, keeping them isolated for prolonged periods and threatening them with death. Three detainees faced the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding. Many developed psychological problems.

But the "enhanced interrogation techniques" didn't produce the results that really mattered, the report asserts in its most controversial conclusion. It cites CIA cables, emails and interview transcripts to rebut the central justification for torture - that it thwarted terror plots and saved American lives.

The report, released after months of negotiations with the administration about what should be censored, was issued amid concerns of an anti-American backlash overseas. American embassies and military sites worldwide were taking extra precautions.

Earlier this year, Feinstein accused the CIA of infiltrating Senate computer systems in a dispute over documents as relations between the investigators and the spy agency deteriorated, the issue still sensitive years after President Barack Obama halted the interrogation practices upon taking office.

Former CIA officials disputed the report's findings. So did Senate Republicans, whose written dissent accuses Democrats of inaccuracies, sloppy analysis and cherry-picking evidence to reach a predetermined conclusion. CIA officials prepared their own response acknowledging serious mistakes, but saying they gained vital intelligence that still guides counterterrorism efforts.

"The program led to the capture of al-Qaida leaders and took them off the battlefield," said George Tenet, CIA director when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks occurred. He said it saved "thousands of American lives."

Not so, said Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. "Not only is torture wrong, but it doesn't work," he said. "It got us nothing except a bad name."

President George W. Bush approved the program through a covert finding in 2002, but he wasn't briefed by the CIA about the details until 2006. At that time Bush expressed discomfort with the "image of a detainee, chained to the ceiling, clothed in a diaper and forced to go to the bathroom on himself." Bush said in his 2010 memoirs that he discussed the program with CIA Director George Tenet, but Tenet told the CIA inspector general that never happened.

After al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah was arrested in Pakistan, the CIA received permission to use waterboarding, sleep deprivation, close confinement and other techniques. Agency officials added unauthorized methods into the mix, the report says.

At least five men in CIA detention received "rectal rehydration," a form of feeding through the rectum. The report found no medical necessity for the treatment.

Others received "ice baths" and death threats. At least three in captivity were told their families would suffer, with CIA officers threatening to harm their children, sexually abuse the mother of one man, and cut the throat of another man's mother.

Zubaydah was held in a secret facility in Thailand, called "detention Site Green" in the report. Early on, with CIA officials believing he had information on an imminent plot, Zubaydah was left isolated for 47 days without questioning, the report says. Later, he was subjected to the panoply of techniques. He later suffered mental problems.

He wasn't alone. In September 2002, at a facility referred to as COBALT- understood as the CIA's "Salt Pit" in Afghanistan - detainees were kept isolated and in darkness. Their cells had only a bucket for human waste.

Redha al-Najar, a former Osama bin Laden bodyguard, was the first prisoner there. CIA interrogators found that after a month of sleep deprivation, he was a "broken man." But the treatment got worse, with officials lowering food rations, shackling him in the cold and giving him a diaper instead of toilet access.

Gul Rahman, a suspected extremist, received enhanced interrogation there in late 2002, shackled to a wall in his cell and forced to rest on a bare concrete floor in only a sweatshirt. The next day he was dead. A CIA review and autopsy found he died of hypothermia.

Justice Department investigations into that and another death of a CIA detainee resulted in no charges.

During a waterboarding session, Zubaydah became "completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open full mouth," according to internal CIA records.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, received the waterboarding treatment 183 times. Though officers noted he wasn't becoming more compliant, they waterboarded him for 10 more days. He was waterboarded for not confirming a "nuclear suitcase" plot the CIA later deemed a scam. Another time, his waterboarding produced a fabricated confession about recruiting black Muslims in Montana.

After reviewing 6 million agency documents, investigators said they could find no example of unique, life-saving intelligence gleaned from coercive techniques - another sweeping conclusion the CIA and Republicans contest.

The report claims to debunk the CIA's assertion its practices led to bin Laden's killing. The agency says its interrogation of detainee Ammar al-Baluchi revealed a known courier was taking messages to and from bin Laden.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Dover Officials Work to Identify Wastewater Pump Station Failure

    Dover Officials Work to Identify Wastewater Pump Station Failure

    Feb 19, 2018 11:42 PM2018-02-20 04:42:00 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 11:42 PM EST2018-02-20 04:42:48 GMT
    DOVER, Del. - All six pumps at the Dover Wastewater Pump Station 7 failed on Monday afternoon, according to city officials. Public Affairs and Emergency Services Coordinator Kay Sass says it's highly unusual that all six pumps would fail, but the city isMore
    All six pumps at the Dover Wastewater Pump Station 7 failed on Monday afternoon, according to city officials. More
  • A Foul Problem: Dover Wastewater Pump Station Shuts Down

    Dover Wastewater Pump Station Shuts Down

    Feb 19, 2018 10:35 PM2018-02-20 03:35:00 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:47 PM EST2018-02-20 03:47:38 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- A wastewater pump station near U.S. Route 13 in Dover suddenly shut down on Monday afternoon, prompting round-the-clock work to bring the station back to working order. Dover spokeswoman Kay Sass said the Pump Station 7, located near the HMore
    DOVER, Del. --- A wastewater pump station near U.S. Route 13 in Dover suddenly shut down on Monday afternoon, prompting round-the-clock work to bring the station back to working order. Dover spokeswoman Kay Sass said the Pump Station 7, located near the HMore
  • Delaware Police Ask For Public's Help to Find a Wanted Sex Offender

    Delaware Police Ask For Public's Help to Find a Wanted Sex Offender

    Feb 19, 2018 9:25 PM2018-02-20 02:25:00 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-02-20 02:44:10 GMT
    The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit is currently asking for the public's help to find a wanted sex offender who failed to re-register.More
    The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit is currently asking for the public's help to find a wanted sex offender who failed to re-register.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Police Search for Vandal Suspects Who Killed Fish

    Police Search for Vandal Suspects Who Killed Fish

    Police are investigating vandalism at Kitty's Flower Shop in Salisbury that occurred around 7:30 Thursday night. The store's outdoor pond was destroyed and several of the fish in that pond were killed.

    More

    Police are investigating vandalism at Kitty's Flower Shop in Salisbury that occurred around 7:30 Thursday night. The store's outdoor pond was destroyed and several of the fish in that pond were killed.

    More
  • Crisfield Reacts to Possible New Chesapeake Bridge Crossing

    Crisfield Reacts to Possible New Chesapeake Bridge Crossing

    A new crossing maybe on the horizon for one small town. Nearly thirty miles across the Chesapeake Bay lies Maryland's western shore. The state is spending $5 million on a study to find out where to put a third span across the bay.

    One option has that new bridge connecting to Crisfield, Maryland. It's something that younger people, like Markie Harrison, says may make her want to stay in town.

    More

    A new crossing maybe on the horizon for one small town. Nearly thirty miles across the Chesapeake Bay lies Maryland's western shore. The state is spending $5 million on a study to find out where to put a third span across the bay.

    One option has that new bridge connecting to Crisfield, Maryland. It's something that younger people, like Markie Harrison, says may make her want to stay in town.

    More
  • City of Dover Works to Figure Out Why All Six Wastewater Pumps Failed

    City of Dover Works to Figure Out Why All Six Wastewater Pumps Failed

    All six wastewater pumps for the City of Dover failed sometime in the afternoon. Now, crews are working through the night to implement temporary solutions. The cause of the failures is still unknown. The failures do not affect drinking water.

    More

    All six wastewater pumps for the City of Dover failed sometime in the afternoon. Now, crews are working through the night to implement temporary solutions. The cause of the failures is still unknown. The failures do not affect drinking water.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices