The world was stunned on Tuesday when the government released CIA torture reports revealing what they really did to detainees suspected of terrorism during the post-9/11 period.
The reports reveal that the CIA subjected al Qaeda suspects to intense torture by depriving them of sleep for 180 hours as they were shackled in stress positions. Suspects were also waterboarded to the point of unconsciousness, and one even died of hypothermia while shackled to the prison floor.
The terror suspects were kept shackled with their hands above their heads at CIA-run “black-sites,” or at Guantanamo Bay.
At least five of the suspects were subjected to “rectal feeding,” which means an enema was placed in their rectum to provide them with nutrients. This is a brutal practice that was common in 19th century medicine.
Of the 119 detainees that were held by the CIA, 26 were wrongfully imprisoned. The “enhanced interrogation techniques” did not end up thwarting any terrorist plots or revealing the names of top al Qaeda officials.
The reports also revealed that the CIA kept many of their interrogation methods secret from government officials, including President Bush.
“I will continue to use my authority as President to make sure we never resort to those methods again,” President Obama said in a statement today.
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H/T: Daily Mail