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Poison Pen: Column in Liberal NY Daily News Doubts Obama's Basic Competency | Main | Obama: Geithner Will Use "All Legal Means" to Clawback AIG Bonuses
March 16, 2009

Leaked "Secret" Red Cross Report Says US Practiced Torture at Gitmo; Source? The Terrorists Themselves

A nothing of a fart of a story. It's news, apparently, that the Red Cross chooses to assign one semantic term to interrogation techniques long known about (sleep deprivation, cold rooms, etc.).

Making this even sillier is that the claims come from the terrorists themselves.

The International Committee of the Red Cross produced in 2007 a secret report, in which it concluded that the treatment of al-Qaeda captives by CIA interrogators "constituted torture," The Washington Post reported Monday.

...

The findings were based on conclusions by ICRC officials who were granted exclusive access to the CIA's "high-value" detainees after they had been transferred in 2006 to the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the report said.

...

The paper quotes an unnamed US official familiar with the report as saying that "it is important to bear in mind that the report lays out claims made by the terrorists themselves."

The report says prisoners at the secret jails were routinely beaten, doused with cold water and slammed head-first into walls, according to The Post.

Between sessions they were stripped of clothing, bombarded with loud music, exposed to cold temperatures, and deprived of sleep and solid food for days, the paper says.

In related news, three large buildings are missing from the southern tip of Manhattan; please contact local authorities if you see them.



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