I find it very disturbing that the Obama administration hasn’t addressed the torture issue in a forthright manner and allowed all of the details about torture to be released. I believe that all of those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that the United States should be committed to seeing that torture doesn’t happen again.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents witnessed the torture of inmates at secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) overseas prisons in 2002, according to documents partially declassified in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the advocacy group Judicial Watch.
In September 2002, the FBI agents saw prisoners chained naked to chairs, “manacled to the ceiling and subjected to blaring music around the clock,” and knew of written orders to CIA agents asking them to compare “How close is each [interrogation] technique to the ‘rack and screw’ “
The documents “paint a very clear picture of extreme micro-managing of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program,” Alex Abdo, a legal fellow with the ACLU told Free Speech Radio News. “Discussions about what types of techniques to use, what specific interrogation protocols to implement on particular detainees were occurring at a very, very high level in the Bush administration.”
Among other new revelations, the documents confirm that 24 of the 29 interrogation methods used at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison camp in Iraq were personally approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld had endorsed the “enhanced interrogation techniques” for use at Guantanamo in 2002, but his memo soon provided the basis for abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The first 24 techniques were adopted virtually verbatim,” from Rumsfeld’s memo, according to a revised version of a Justice Department inspector general’s report from 2008.