World Bulletin / News Desk
Details of a leaked CIA report into the so called 'enhanced interrogation methods' used to extract information from terror suspects are slowly beginning to emerge after the document was made public by the McClatchy news service last week.
Torture methods which were not approved by its own headquarters or the U.S. Justice Department, impeded White House oversight and actively evaded oversight both by Congress and its own Inspector General, were put in use after the 9-11 attacks in the US.
In the 6,600-page report, it has also been revealed that the CIA operated a 'back site' torture facility at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where according to Al Jazeera America's Jason Leopold, “at least 10 high-value targets were secretly held and interrogated” at various times from late 2003 to 2004.
Another revelation leaked by Leopold was that the CIA used the British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to secretly detain suspects with the “full cooperation” of the UK. Former detainee Abdel-Hakim Belhaj had also claimed that he had made a stop-off at the island while being transferred to Libya where he was tortured by CIA agents.
Furthermore, 10 terror suspects who were tortured before being passed on to foreign nations are now missing presumed dead “on the basis of intelligence obtained from CIA captives under torture and from information shared with CIA officials by other governments, both of which turned out to be false.”
Although waterboarding, sleep deprivation and stress positions were legalized by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2002, Leopold told AlterNet that the Justice Department's legal memo was based on faulty information provided by the CIA and even then CIA agents still went beyond that which they were legally authorized to do.
The CIA is also said to have under-stated the number of detainees being held in 'black sites' across the world, with a US official being quoted by McClatchy saying that the torture program was not as was claimed 'targeted.' The report also states that 26 people were detained without the legal grounds to do so.Last Mod: 17 Nisan 2014, 16:17