CIA Torture Described in Vivid Element by Psychologist

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By Bret Wilkins

One of many psychologists paid tens of tens of millions of {dollars} by the U.S. Central Intelligence Company to supervise the interrogation of prisoners within the so-called Warfare on Terror supplied new particulars on Monday in regards to the torture of a Guantánamo Bay detainee at CIA “black website” in Thailand.

The New York Occasions reviews James E. Mitchell advised a army decide throughout a pretrial listening to at Guantánamo that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri – a Saudi nationwide dealing with potential execution for allegedly masterminding the lethal 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen – broke rapidly below torture and have become so obedient that he would crawl right into a cramped confinement field earlier than guards ordered him to take action.

Initially, guards needed to pressure al-Nashiri into the field. However in accordance with Mitchell, the prisoner “appreciated being within the field” and would “get in and shut it himself.”

Annie W. Morgan, a former Air Pressure protection legal professional who’s a member of al-Nashiri’s authorized staff, advised the Occasions that when she heard Mitchell’s testimony, “I acquired the picture of crate-training a canine and have become nauseous.”

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“That was the aim of this system, to create a way of discovered helplessness and to change into utterly dependent upon and submissive to his captors,” she added, referencing a tactic taught in UStorture applications and paperwork relationship again to the Nineteen Fifties.

Gail Helt, a former CIA analyst who advocates Guantánamo’s closure, tweeted, “Think about the hell Mr. Nashiri skilled exterior of that field that made him favor being inside it.”

Al-Nashiri’s attorneys – who argue that proof within the case is tainted by torture – questioned Mitchell about what occurred on the Thailand black website in November 2002, when former CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw the key jail.

The psychologist’s testimony is supposed to make clear abuse that will have been recorded on scores of videotapes documenting detainee torture that have been later destroyed on the behest of then-CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez, who claimed in his memoir that Haspel drafted the 2005 cable ordering the transfer.

Mitchell – who together with fellow psychologist John “Bruce” Jessen was paid $81 million by the CIA to develop and supervise an interrogation routine for terrorism suspects – described how the diminutive al-Nashiri was so scrawny that guards stopped subjecting him to the interrupted drowning torture generally known as waterboarding for concern the prisoner is likely to be significantly damage.

Along with waterboarding and different permitted torture methods, a declassified 2014 US Senate Intelligence Committee report revealed how interrogators threatened to sexually assault al-Nashiri’s mom, and the way he was terrorized with an influence drill and raped with a backyard hose in a observe referred to as rectal hydration that was administered to Guantánamo prisoners who refused to eat or drink.

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Mitchell advised the courtroom that:

  • One interrogator used a belt to strap al-Nashiri’s arms behind his again and elevate him up from behind to his tiptoes. Mitchell mentioned he objected after the prisoner howled in ache, fearing his shoulders can be dislocated. The torture continued.
  • Guards pressured the shackled prisoner onto his knees then bent him backward, with a broomstick positioned behind his knees.
  • In a bid to coach al-Nashiri to name him “sir,” the chief interrogator gave him a chilly tub earlier than scraping a stiff-bristled brush from his anus to his face and mouth.

The Occasions beforehand reported:

Interrogators frequently advised Mr. Nashiri they didn’t consider he was telling the whole lot he knew, threatening him with worse therapy if he didn’t inform them extra. The prisoner, already subjected to the entire array of C.I.A. torture methods – loud noise, sleep deprivation, pressured nudity, wall-slamming, and waterboarding – insisted he was attempting to recollect and inform them the whole lot.

However the interrogators seem to have in the end concluded that Mr. Nashiri was not mendacity. A few of the cables again to headquarters, apparently written by Ms. Haspel, described him as “compliant and cooperative,” in accordance with the 2014 report on the interrogation program by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Along with the black website in Thailand, al-Nashiri – who was captured in Dubai in October 2002 – was imprisoned at CIA black websites in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania, and presumably Morocco earlier than being despatched to Guantánamo in September 2006.

In 2010 he was granted sufferer standing by the Polish authorities, whose cooperation with and complicity within the George W. Bush administration’s extraordinary rendition and torture program was later revealed and investigated.

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In March, human rights advocates condemned the US Supreme Court docket’s resolution permitting the Biden administration to dam Mitchell and Jessen from cooperating with Polish prosecutors investigating the torture of Saudi terror suspect Abu Zubaydah.

The Bush administration officers who devised, permitted, and carried out the post-9/11 torture routine have loved complete impunity. Not solely did Bush’s successor, former President Barack Obama, break a marketing campaign promise to research and prosecute abuses as required by US and worldwide legislation, his Justice Division actively shielded them from accountability as torture continued at Guantánamo.

Brett Wilkins is is workers author for Frequent Desires. Primarily based in San Francisco, his work covers problems with social justice, human rights and conflict and peace. This initially appeared at CommonDreams and is reprinted with the writer’s permission.

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