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The report’s conclusion reads: “The allegations of ill treatment of the detainees indicate that, in many cases, the ill treatment to which they were subjected while held in the C.I.A. program, either singly or in combination, constituted torture.” Previously, the Bush administration had attempted to conceal harsh treatment from the Red Cross.
The eighteenth lesson, titled "Prisons and Detention Centres," provides information to jihadist if they are captured and face trial; including instructions that encourage 'fighters' to claim torture and mistreatment while in prison and resort to hunger strikes if possible.
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
I dare say however, that the worst "torture" which American Citizens take part in involves Sleep Deprivation, and Water Boarding.
In so far as I can tell, we as a Nation stay away from Physical Torture, and instead resort to Psychological forms of such. Thus is the reasoning for why you hear such American Techniques referred to as "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques", because they truly fall short of the harsh realities of actual "Torture".
We should never overuse the word "Torture", because then it cheapens and weakens the outcry over actual usage of such.
The 14 detainees, who had been kept in isolation in CIA prisons overseas, gave remarkably uniform accounts of abuse that included beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and, in some cases, waterboarding, or simulating drowning.
Often using the detainee's own words, the report offers a harrowing view of conditions at the secret prisons, where prisoners were told they were being taken "to the verge of death and back," according to one excerpt. During interrogations, the captives were routinely beaten, doused with cold water and slammed head-first into walls. Between sessions, they were stripped of clothing, bombarded with loud music, exposed to cold temperatures, and deprived of sleep and solid food for days on end. Some detainees described being forced to stand for days, with their arms shackled above them, wearing only diapers.
"On a daily basis . . . a collar was looped around my neck and then used to slam me against the walls of the interrogation room," the report quotes detainee Tawfiq bin Attash, also known as Walid Muhammad bin Attash, as saying. Later, he said, he was wrapped in a plastic sheet while cold water was "poured onto my body with buckets." He added: "I would be wrapped inside the sheet with cold water for several minutes. Then I would be taken for interrogation."