The Senate report into the CIA’s secret torture programmes is clinical and unsparing.
Over the course of a 480-page summary, it lays out in horrifying detail what was done to detainees in secret torture sites around the world. Here are some of the starkest examples:
Detainees were “rectally fed”
At least five prisoners were forced to ingest food or water through their rectums. One detainee, Majid Khan, went on hunger strike and had a “food tray” of pureed hummus, pasta, nuts and raisins forced into his rectum. Khan apparently tried to kill himself by biting his own veins.
In 2012, he pleaded guilty to terror charges in front of a military court at Guantánamo Bay.
Prisoner dies of suspected hypothermia
In November 2002, the suspected Afghan militant Gul Rahman was being held at “the Salt Pit”, a secret US prison in Afghanistan. Rahman was stripped naked below the waist, chained, and made to sit on a bare concrete floor. He was found dead the next day of suspected hypothermia.
26 of 119 prisoners were wrongfully held
Among the people who were wrongly held was Nazar Ali, “an ‘intellectually challenged’ individual whose taped crying was used as leverage against his family member”.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003. The report describes how the the simulated drownings caused prisoners to vomit, convulse and pass out.
Prisoners deprived of sleep for a week
At least five prisoners began to suffer hallucinations because they were so badly deprived of sleep. Two of them were subjected to further sleep deprivation even after their hallucinations began.
An unnamed CIA operative subjected a detainee to a game of Russian Roulette, where a gun was pointed at the prisoner.
Prisoner threatened with a drill
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen alleged to have been behind the bombing of the USS Cole, was flown to secret prisons around the world after his capture in 2002. A CIA agent held a pistol near his head and spun a drill at him in an effort to frighten him.
Threatening to harm detainees’ children and families
CIA officers threatened at least three of their prisoners with harm to their families, including a warning that they would sexually abuse one detainee’s mother.
Playing loud music to give detainees a “sense of hopelessness”
Prisoners were subjected loud music – including the “Rawhide” theme from the Blues Brothers movie – and white noise to try to break their spirits.
Prisoner handcuffed with his hands above his head for 22 hours at a time
Redha al-Najar, a former bodyguard to bin Laden, was handcuffed to a bar above his head and left to hang for 22 hours at a time to “break” his resistance. He was put in a nappy and refused access to the toilet.
LIVE COVERAGE OF THE SENATE TORTURE REPORT (BY Glenn Greenwald)