Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The CIA's Inspector General report

It's out, in very heavily redacted form. For instance, the entirety of the "recommendations" are redacted. Not sure how much we can glean from this, though Emptywheel et al. will doubtless sift for any gems.

Skimming, it's interesting to note another confirmation of Ron Suskind's reporting.

Suskind wrote in The One Percent Doctrine:
According to several former CIA officials, interrogators told KSM his children would be hurt if he didn't cooperate.
OIG report, p. 43:
An experienced Agency interrogator reported that the interrogators threatened Khalid Shaykh Muhammad. According to this interrogator, the interrogators said to Khalid Shaykh Muhammad that if anything else happens in the United States, "We're going to kill your children."
As Suskind went on to note:
The traditional models of debriefing, used by both FBI and CIA, involved the building of a relationship, no matter how long and arduous a process. It's the need for some human contact, some basic comfort, rather than simply the bottomless human fear, which ultimately triumphs. The captive's previous life starts to fade and is slowly replaced by one constructed, often ingeniously, by his captors. This method, which the FBI still recommends, was cancelled out by what they [CIA] did to KSM. That's the gamble. Once you do something as horrific as threaten someone's children, and it doesn't work -- there's nowhere else to go.
KSM's children were 7 and 9 at the time, wrote Suskind.

... Blowing cigar smoke in al-Nashiri's face was done, said the interrogators, "to mask the stench in the room" (p. 43). What stench? Was al-Nashiri left in his own wastes? Note also that smoke was used "to make them ill to the point where they would start to 'purge'" (p. 72).

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