The United States are soon to release a long awaited report detailing the findings of a Senate investigation into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Sources now say those tactics far exceeded what the world was led to believe.
At least two al-Qaeda suspects were brought to the “point of death” during “real torture” by CIA officials following the 9/11 attacks, a security source has claimed.
According to an article published on Sunday by the UK’s Telegraph, the American intelligence officers tasked with interrogating alleged Al-Qaeda members and other terror suspects in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks didn’t just waterboard detainees, they almost killed them
The US Senate is planning to publish a 3,600-page document, known also as the Torture Report, which will “deeply shock” the general public because it contains accounts of interrogation techniques far worse than what has already been revealed.
Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said the report will reveal “brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation”. She also said during an unaired segment of a recent “Meet the Press” interview that she expects the executive summary of the so-called torture report to be ready for the public by the end of September.
“What we are engaged in is working with the administration to see that the redaction is such that it does not destroy the report,” Feinstein said. “If you redact the evidence — heavily — then we cannot sustain our findings. We will not put out a report that does not enable us to sustain our findings. And I believe that that is understood.”
“Progress has been made. I think the report will likely come out in the second half of September sometime — but it won’t come out until it is readable and understandable,” added the senator.
Amrit Singh, a lawyer and author of Administration of Torture, which details the George W Bush administration’s torture policy, said: “Given the lengths that Bush-era CIA officials went to cover up the truth, including destroying videotapes depicting waterboarding of prisoners, it comes as no surprise that the torture was more brutal than previously revealed. It is, however, something that the American public has a right to know about, and an obligation to reckon with, and these revelations only underscore the urgent need for release of the Senate intelligence committee report.”