“In July 2002, on the basis of consultations with contract psychologists, and with very limited internal deliberation, the CIA requested approval from the Department of Justice to use a set of coercive interrogation techniques. The techniques were adapted from the training of U.S. military personnel at the U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) school, which was designed to prepare U.S. military personnel for the conditions and treatment to which they might be subjected if taken prisoner by countries that do not adhere to the Geneva Conventions.”
[Special note]: In 2008, I told my adult children that both the C.I.A. and the entire DOD torture protocols were reverse-engineered by SERE personnel in the Air Force, and were used to torture, against their original intent which was to help our downed pilots RESIST torture. They called me a liar; and within 3 month’s my son-in-law had joined SERE (which he eventually flunked out of). I hope they understand that it was THEY who were the liars, and that they now know what level of psychopath’s run this government.
All pages of the report can be found HERE, while all official (many declassified) documents relating to torture can be found HERE. You may also view the CIA’s own internal (highly redacted) report of torture HERE
I would like to point out that the report, written by the U.S. Senate (i.e., Senate Select Committee On Intelligence), has CLASSIFIED A CLASSIFICATION. Yes, that’s right, we are not even allowed to know what the name of the classification IS. That is really going down the rabbit hole, and who knows where it will end.
It is also misleading right from the start, equating the Anthrax attacks to the 9/11 plot. The Anthrax attacks originated from our own Bio-Weapons lab, in which the first suspect (American scientist) was pursued until he was ready to sue, then they switched to another American scientist, Bruce Ivins, who showed all the hallmarks of MK_Ultra programming. So, to try and justify torturing foreigners for something that originated from our own labs is disingenuous, to say the least.
Lastly, in the event the report attempts to blame only the Bush Administration, let me say for the record it is my personal belief that Obama has committed far more war crimes than the first war criminal Bush. It is always critically important to remember that we are governed by a bunch of literal, clinical psychopaths…
Here are some key points from the first document (SSCIStudy1, using the reports page numbering):
“…according to CIA records, seven of the 39 CIA detainees known to have been
subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques produced no intelligence while in CIA custody...” (p 2)
“…The Committee reviewed 20 of the most frequent and prominent examples of purported counterterrorism successes that the CIA has attributed to the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques, and found them to be wrong in fundamental respects…” (p 2)
“…The waterboarding technique was physically harmful, inducing convulsions and vomiting…Sleep deprivation involved keeping detainees awake for up to 180 hours…the CIA instructed personnel that the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah would take “precedence” over his medical care… At least five CIA detainees were subjectedto “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity. The CIA placed detainees in ice water “baths.” (My note: This is what the Nazi’s did to prisoners in the concentration camps – see who we emulate?)… CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to theirfamilies— to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to “cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat…” (p 3)
“…The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched…” (p 4)
“…The CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information to the Department of Justice, impeding a proper legal analysis of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program…” (p 4)
“…The CIA has actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program…” (p 5)
“…According to CIA records, no CIA officer, up to and including CIA Directors George Tenet and Porter Goss, briefed the president on the specific CIA enhanced interrogation techniques before April 2006. By that time, 38 of the 39 detainees identified as having been subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques had already been subjected to the techniques.The CIA did not inform the president or vice president of the location of CIA detention facilities other than Country…” (p 6)
“…The CIA denied specific requests from FBI Director Robert Mueller III for FBI access to CIA detainees that the FBI believed was necessary to understand CIA detainee reporting on threats to the U.S. Homeland…” (p 7)
“…In two other countries where negotiations on hosting new CIA detention facilities were taking place,the CIA told local government officials not to inform the U.S. ambassadors….” (p 8)
“…The CIA coordinated the release of classified information to the media, including inaccurate information concerning the effectiveness of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques…. The CIA’s Office of Public Affairs and senior CIA officials coordinated to share classified information on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program to select members of the media to counter public criticism, shape public opinion, and avoid potential congressional action to restrict the CIA’s detention and interrogation authorities and budget….” (p 8) – Still think we are not subject to propaganda by the government through a willing MSM?
“…The CIA did not review its past experience with coercive interrogations, or its previous statement to Congress that “inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.” (p 9)
“…On November jf, 2002, a detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to a concrete floor died from suspected hypothermia at the facility. At the time, no single unit at CIA Headquarters had clear responsibility for CIA detention and
interrogation operations. In interviews conducted in 2003 with the Office of Inspector General, CIA’s leadership and senior attorneys acknowledged that they had little or no awareness of operations at COBALT, and some believed that enhanced interrogation techniques were not used there.…” (p 10)
“…The CIA contracted with two psychologists to develop, operate, and assess its interrogation operations. The psychologists’ prior experience was at the U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion,
Resistance and Escape (SERE) school. Neither psychologist had any experience as an interrogator, nor did either have specialized knowledge of al-Qa’ida, a background in counterterrorism, or any relevant cultural or linguistic expertise….” (p 11)
“…CIA detainees were subjected to coercive interrogation techniques that had not been approved by the Department of Justice or had not been authorized by CIA Headquarters….”
“…Of the 119 known detainees, at least 26 were wrongfully held and did not meet the detention standard in the September 2001 Memorandum of Notification (MON). These included an
“intellectually challenged” man whose CIA detention was used solely as leverage to get a family member to provide information, two individuals who were intelligence sources for foreign liaison services and were former CIA sources, and two individuals whom the CIA assessed to be connected to al-Qa’ida based solely on information fabricated by a CIA detainee subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques….” (p 12)
“…An “informal operational assessment” of the program, led by two senior CIA officers who were not part of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, determined that it would not be possible to assess the
effectiveness of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques without violating “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” regarding human experimentation….” (p 13)
“…On two occasions in which the CIA inspector general identified wrongdoing, accountability recommendations were overuled by senior CIA leadership. In one instance, involving the death
of a CIA detainee at COBALT, CIA Headquarters decided not to take disciplinary action against an officer involved because, at the time, CIA Headquarters had been “motivated to extract any
and all operational information” from the detainee...” (p 14)
“…The CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created tensions with U.S. partners and allies, leading to formal demarches to the United States, and damaging and complicating bilateral
demarche – a request or intercession with a foreign official, e.g., a request for support of a policy, or a protest about the host government’s policy or actions.
In one example, inJune 2004, the secretary of state ordered the U.S. ambassador in Country B to deliver a demarche to Country B demanding [Country | Government] provide full access to all Country B’s detainees” to the International Committee of the Red Cross.” At the time, however, the detainees Country was holding included detainees being held in secret at the CIA’s behest…” (p 16)
TO BE CONTINUED…