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?


5 Responses to “CIA Interrogators Used Power Drills, Mock Executions Says Report”

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  2. dprosenthal on August 22nd, 2009 10:51 am

    This is a joke-right? This is the shameful, evil, inhumane “torture” for which our interrogators are being condemned? It appears that the poor prisoners were subjected to the FEAR that something was going to be done to them. Maybe they were really ANNOYED by noise or were deprived of sleep. No one was beaten, burned, or confined in a little cage. Even water-boarding , admittedly unpleasant, is little more than another scare tactic. Perhaps John McCain could help people understand the meaning of torture.
    If just ONE American life was saved through information gained by this “torture”, the interrogators deserve a medal!

  3. carly on August 22nd, 2009 10:55 am

    How long will it take until Holder investigates the crimes committed? There is a related post at

  4. Chris on August 22nd, 2009 12:15 pm

    Fantastic! Go fight these guys and then come back and say how horrible all of this was. What they did was exactly what was needed given the situation. Imminent fear is a good way to break these degenerates and I applaud the efforts of the CIA in gathering information that helped save my fellow soldiers (and the US) from harm. The rest of you? Go suck an egg. It is because of us that you are free to be such idiots.

  5. joyfuljoy on August 22nd, 2009 11:12 pm

    During the WW2, our military had high-ranking Nazi’s who needed to be interrogated. Know how they did it? Played cards with them and won their trust. And these were committed, evil bastards who sent children to gas chambers without any remorse.
    You can’t believe anything a person tells you under torture….and testimony from the highest channels in our military have told us that no useful information was gained. Unless you believe Dick Chaney. And he would lie about anything.
    With Tom Ridge, the chickens are coming home to roost.

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