Here are some of the interrogation methods the CIA used on detainees, according to an exhaustive report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday:
• Forcing hummus, pureed nuts and raisins up a detainee’s rectum.
• Putting a detainee in a diaper, chaining him to the ceiling and forcing him to defecate on himself.
• Depriving detainees of sleep for 180 straight hours, or more than a week, to the point that they hallucinated.
• Playing Russian Roulette.
• Threatening to rape a detainee’s mother in front of the detainee.
• Threatening to cut a detainee’s mother’s throat.
• Threatening a detainee with a power drill.
• Putting detainees in ice-water baths.
• “Rectal exams were conducted with excessive force.”
• Waterboarding, including 183 times for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. One detainee was waterboarded until he became “completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.”
• Slamming detainees into concrete walls.
• Subjecting detainees with broken feet “to walling, stress positions, and cramped confinement.”
• Tormenting a detainee until he was “on the verge of a complete breakdown.”
• Keeping one detainee naked from the waist down sitting on a cold concrete floor. He died and the autopsy suggested the cause was hypothermia.
• Keeping detainees naked, in a cold room, with arms shackled overhead, even before determining whether they intended to cooperate.
• Assigning people who had admitted to sexual assault to be interrogators.
• The “rough takedown”: “Approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched.”
• Holding detainees in complete darkness and total isolation while blaring loud music for hours on end.
• Holding an “intellectually challenged” detainee solely as leverage against his family members.
• “Use of insects.”
• Confining a detainee to a small coffin-shaped box and telling him that the only way he was leaving was in that box.
• Abuse of detainees so bad it made even CIA officers cry.
• Chaining a detainee to a wall in a standing position for 17 days.
• Dousing detainees with cold water and then holding them naked in rooms as cold as 59 degrees.
• “Mock executions.”
No one then alive can forget the environment in the days following 9/11. We were scared. We were angry. We were uncertain. We were at war.
But we were America. We are America. This is beneath who we are supposed to be.