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What were they up to?
Bush ‘fully informed’ of CIA methods http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30427211
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The Senate Intelligence committee report looked at CIA Detention, Rendition and Intelligence programme from 2002 to 2007 when people were held in secret prisons around the world and tortured to extract intelligence.
The programme was closed by President Obama in 2009. The Senate had began the inquiry in March 2009 after an investigation into the CIA destroying videotapes of interrogations in December 2007.
The Torture Report looked at 20 cases and chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said the techniques ‘regularly led to information that was fabricated. ‘
One detention centre known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan was described as a ‘dungeon ‘.
Techniques used in detention centres during the CIA programme included – waterboarding, sleep deprivation, slapping, humiliation, wallings and exposure to cold, placing people into ice water baths.
The Interrogations took place over days.
And despite knowing torture did not work before 9/11, the CIA continued to use them. The report found that using torture did not yield any ‘action able intelligence’. No imminent threat was found and the treatment had led to false information that was acted upon.
The treatment of Abu Zubaydah, August 4-21 2002, which had prompted the report into the CIA was described as non stop, his waterboarding was so severe at a detention centre in Thailand, he became ‘unresponsive with bubbles rising out of his mouth.’
Another suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, received rectal hydration or feeding. He later retracted claims he made whilst under enhanced interrogation
At least 119 prisoners were detained in CIA secret prisons programme – 21 more than previously admitted with 26 wrongly imprisoned.
They had been held in detention centres in Thailand, Poland, Romania, Lithuania and other places before being ordered by George Bush to be transferred to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
CIA lied over ‘brutal’ interogations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30401100
One of the key figures of the Bush administration, and perhaps its strongest advocate for war in Iraq- apart from Dick Cheney and George Bush himself – has appeared on RussiaToday to push for a stronger American response to Iran.
What Richard Perle said of the need to combat the threat of a nuclear armed Iran is not surprising – given his recent history – however what was more telling were his admissions about other issues. He did admit that if a country had an atom bomb – say North Korea – the US would not attack it, though he went on to quantify that by adding that Kim Jong’s regime would also inflict immense damage on the South in any conflict.
As far as he was concerned, Iraq was a threat that had to be taken out, where America got it wrong was occupying the country which had then allowed an insurgency to develop.
He believed that America was not the only nation to be hated in the Muslim world, there was also Russia and the UK, and that the West was only defending itself in taking the actions it has done so far.
There was, he believed a struggle between people who wanted to impose their way of life on everyone and us.
He did not believe that was what America was doing.
America did not feel superior but rather proud of its way of life.
He was asked about one American mother who had lost her son in the Iraq war, to which he said he was sorry, however, there was no indication of any awareness that the invasion of Iraq had cost one million civilian lives, with millions more unable to return to their country for fear of the violence that that invasion had unleashed.
In fact, the well spoken Mr Perle gives the impression that he sleeps very easily at night.