Secret Report Documents CIA Torture
President Bush repeatedly claimed that the United States, under his leadership, did not torture, but a confidential report prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross found otherwise. The ICRC has a unique global role in monitoring the treatment of prisoners.
The report was not meant for public consumption. However, journalist Mark Danner was able to obtain a copy, which he wrote about in The New York Review of Books.
A BBC summary of some of the ICRC’s findings is below.
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The methods listed included: Suffocation by water or waterboarding; prolonged stress standing; beating by use of a collar; confinement in a box; prolonged nudity; sleep deprivation and subjection to noise and cold water; and denial of solid food.
“They never used the word ‘torture’… only to ‘hard time’,” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is quoted as saying.
“I was never threatened with death, in fact I was told that they would not allow me to die, but that I would be brought to the ‘verge of death and back again’.”
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