the bush-era memos: torture by bug
the bush-era memos: torture by bug
they’re being called the ‘bush-era interrogations’ and the memos describing the methods used by our CIA on the top terrorists at gitmo — once secret — are producing more fake outrage from those on the left.
the torture memos were made public by the justice department with assurances from The One himself that the intelligence officials who carried them out won’t be prosecuted. however, those same assurances don’t apply to bush administration officials who crafted the legal justification for the interrogation program.
here are the torture techniques used against the worse of the worse terrorists at gitmo:
first, prisoners were stripped naked, shackled and hooded to start their interrogation sessions. when the CIA interrogator removed the hood, the questioning began. whenever the prisoner resisted, the documents outlined a series of techniques the CIA could use to bring him back in line and they included:
• nudity, sleep deprivation and dietary restrictions kept prisoners compliant and reminded them they had no control over their basic needs. Ccothes and food could be used as rewards for cooperation.
• slapping prisoners on the face or abdomen was allowed. so was grabbing them forcefully by the collar or slamming them into a false wall, a technique called ‘walling’ that had a goal of fear more than pain.
• water hoses were used to douse the prisoners for minutes at a time. the hoses were turned on and off as the interrogation continued.
• prisoners were put into one of three in ‘stress positions,’ such as sitting on the floor with legs out straight and arms raised in the air to cause discomfort.
at night, the terrorist was shackled, standing naked or wearing a diaper. the length of sleep deprivation varied by terrorist but was authorized for up to 180 hours, or 7 1/2 days. the interrogation sessions ranged from 30 minutes to several hours and could be repeated as necessary and as approved by psychological and medical teams.
some of these techniques, such as stripping a detainee naked, depriving him of sleep and putting a hood over his head, are prohibited under the us army field manual. but in 2002, the justice department authorized CIA interrogators to step up the pressure even further on suspected terrorist abu zubaydah, one of the big fish at gitmo.
the CIA was allowed to place zubaydah in a cramped confinement box. because zubaydah appeared afraid of bugs, they also authorized interrogators to place him in a box and fill it box with caterpillars however, this particular tactic wasn’t needed because zubaydah sang like a bird before it could be used. just as a random thought, have you ever seen an oregon slug?? ew.
charlie gibson on abc news called all of this ‘chilling‘.
i think cutting off innocent peoples heads on video and driving airliners full of innocents into buildings at top speed is chilling. but that’s just me.
so The One suspends use of these ‘torture’ techniques and confines not only the military but all U.S. agencies — including the CIA — to the interrogation limits set in the army field manual, which is available online, and is already used by al qaeda for training purposes. to expose publically the memos, describing the techniques themselves, assures our enemies – the terrorists – are now aware of the absolute limit of what the U.S. government can do to extract information from them, and enables them to fine tune their training accordingly. this results in completely diminishing the effectiveness of these techniques used by our interrogators. and of course, by diminishing our ability to extract information from those who have it, this makes us less safe. period.
thank god we still have rendition, although i think it sucks that we make other countries do what we don’t have the political will to do ourselves.