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Excerpt: "When C.I.A. interrogators in a Thailand prison sent a cable to agency headquarters recounting that they had been slamming Abu Zubaydah, a captured terrorism suspect, against a wall, they emphasized that they were obeying instructions to take steps to prevent his injury, like putting a rolled-up towel behind his neck, and described the practice in detached terms."

Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in McLean, Virginia. (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)
Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in McLean, Virginia. (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)


As Trump Pledges to Resume Torture, New Documents Detail the Bush Era CIA Torture Program

By Sheri Fink, James Risen and Charlie Savage, The New York Times

21 January 17

 

hen C.I.A. interrogators in a Thailand prison sent a cable to agency headquarters recounting that they had been slamming Abu Zubaydah, a captured terrorism suspect, against a wall, they emphasized that they were obeying instructions to take steps to prevent his injury, like putting a rolled-up towel behind his neck, and described the practice in detached terms.

“Subject was walled with the question, ‘What is it that you do not want us to know?’” reported a cable from Aug. 5, 2002, part of a trove of newly disclosed documents about the agency’s now-defunct “enhanced interrogation” program. “Subject continued to deny that he had any information.”

From the perspective of Mr. Zubaydah — whom interrogators eventually conceded had no additional information, contrary to their suspicions at the time — the experience felt far different.


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+12 # DongiC 2017-01-21 17:46
America has become an empire which treats some of its prisoners with extreme barbarism. Waterboarding, walling, cages too small are just some of the cruel and inhumane methods that the torturers (read CIA) use on their hapless victims. The pain levels must be awesome I feel ashamed that we as a nation have sunk so low. Isn't it about time to bring all this torturing to an end? And, while we are at it, let's finish off the CIA too.
 
 
+9 # Ken Halt 2017-01-21 21:04
This is what happens when those who advocate for and promote torture are not prosecuted, it is allowed to continue. President Obama should have brought charges against officials in the previous administration. The vision of Dick Cheney on trial in the ICC would have been a powerful deterrent to recently empowered US officials who want to violate international law and conventions.
 

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