CIA tortured Qaeda captives inside prison: ICRC report

March 16th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.16 (ANI): A secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has revealed that the Al-Qaeda operatives captured by the CIA were subjected to torture inside the prison.
The Bush administrations treatment of the captives included physical and psychological viciousness inside CIA prisons.
It has also been disclosed that some U.S. practices amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Reports about the inhuman treatment being handed over to captives by the allied forces had surfaced earlier too, but this is probably the first time when the word torture is used in legal context, The Washington Post reports.
The ICRC report is based on the first hand experience of the officials, who met 14 of the CIA’’s high-value detainees after they were transferred in 2006 to Guantanamo Bay.
The report describes one such account of a Palestinian man, Abu Zubaydah.
Zubaydah, who ran a recruitment camp for Al-Qaeda, while recalling the horror of the CIAs treatment said : I was shackled naked while listening to consistent music or static, and had limited nourishment and was not allowed to sleep.
This statement speaks volumes of the brutality tendered by the agency, which also included continuous beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and water boarding.
The recent report was shared with the CIA and the then Bush administration in 2007, but was proscribed from public release fearing a wide scale human rights protest.
The CIA, however, has denied commenting on the report, but a US official aware of the disclosure said that one can not deny the authenticity of it, as the report contained claims by the militants themselves. (ANI)

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