CIA Interrogators Used Power Drills, Mock Executions Says Report
August 22, 2009
(ChattahBox)—A report completed in 2004 by the Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general on the controversial harsh interrogation program, is finally due to be released next week and some startling revelations point to the use of torture, as defined under federal law.
This report should put to rest the claims made by former Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials, that torture was not used in the post-9/11 interrogations of terrorist detainees.
Newsweek spoke to two confidential sources, one who read the report and another who was briefed on it. According to the sources, the report contains details of more than one staged mock execution, where a gunshot is heard in the room next to the detainee to make him believe another prisoner was being executed.
At least one detainee, suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was threatened with a gun and a power drill. The gun was used to frighten Nashiri into believing he was about to be shot. The power drill was turned on and placed dangerously close to his head to scare him into confessing. Nashiri was also subjected to waterboarding.
Threatening a prisoner with “imminent death,” is expressly forbidden under federal law. The use of mock executions also exceeded the legal boundaries outlined in the so-called Justice Department “torture memos,” which rested on dubious legal principles to begin with.
Although the report was completed in 2004, it was not shown to the full Congressional intelligence committees, until sometime in September 2006, when the Bush administration publicly revealed the harsh interrogation program. The report, prepared by then CIA Director George Tenet was sent to the Justice Department and key, intelligence committee leaders and then suppressed, until now.
The report is expected to also show that some valuable intelligence was obtained from the use of torture and harsh interrogation techniques. But at what cost to our nation?