It’s not just a little horseplay, as Christopher Hitchens had the courage to find out years ago. Torture is torture, and warterboarding is torture, and it turns the people who do it into torturers who don’t distinguish between psychological pressure and going full Lynndie England.
WASHINGTON — CIA took top Al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Daily Telegraph.
The description of the torture meted out to at least two leading Al-Qaeda suspects, including the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, far exceeds the conventional understanding of waterboarding, or “simulated drowning” so far admitted by the CIA.
“They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth,” said the source who has first-hand knowledge of the period. “They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.”
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The account of extreme CIA interrogation comes as the U.S. Senate prepares to publish a declassified version of…
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