by Pam Martens, Wall Street on Parade:
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 499-page Executive Summary of its 6,000-page report on the use of torture by the CIA during the presidency of George W. Bush. The outrage to the findings was immediate and worldwide. The New York Times called the conduct “a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend.”
Senator John McCain, who experienced torture first-hand during the Vietnam War, said the CIA had “stained our national honor.” Stephen Kinzer, writing in the Boston Globe, said that “no one has suggested that these officers, or their superiors, were doing anything other than what elected leaders wanted them to do. By focusing on the CIA’s kidnappers, torturers, and fabulists, this report diverts us away from the central responsibility of political leaders.”
Among the barbarous tactics used against the prisoners was waterboarding, sleep deprivation while standing in stress positions for up to 180 hours, confinement in small boxes, and what the CIA has decided to characterize as “rectal hydration” or “rectal feeding” where the detainee had pureed food or hummus inserted in their rectum.
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