In response to a Freedom of Information Request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the CIA has made more information available about the torture and interrogation techniques it used on terrorist suspects following the 9/11 attacks. In addition to commentary on the interrogation methods, the documents include instructional guides for techniques such as sleep deprivation, limiting the caloric intake of detainee food, and waterboarding.
One detainee, Abu Zubayda, spent a total of 266 hours confined in a box just large enough for his body, according to the report, even though it was considered not “particularly effective” as an interrogation technique. An email included in the documents reveals that one CIA official thought the interrogation program a “train wreck waiting to happen”.
“These newly declassified documents add new detail to the public record of the CIA’s torture program and underscore the cruelty of the methods the agency used in its secret, overseas black sites,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU.
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