Saturday :: Dec 18, 2004

Secret CIA Interrogation Center at Guantanamo


by Mary

Dana Priest and Scott Higham reported this week that the CIA had setup a secret interrogation center at Guantanamo which holds "certain classes of suspects" that the administration has determined can be held without any public accounting.

The CIA facility at the Guantanamo Bay prison was constructed over the past year as the agency confronted one of its toughest emerging problems: where to hold terrorists for interrogations that could last for years.

So what kind of interrogations last years? And what information is obtained that has any useful value after years of interrogation, which according to the reports is extremely detrimental to the sanity of the interrogated? How can the governement even believe that there is anything of value from the minds of those driven insane that will help in the war on terror? It is one thing to lock someone away for years, but that is not the same as thinking that years long interrogation (using the methods Gonzales ruled okay) will prove anything but rank cruelty. I can't help but think of the Spanish Inquisition and the Soviet Gulag when I read stories like this.

Update: From Joe Conason we find that the ACLU was able to force the government to cough up more documents on the topic of torture for public scrutiny.

The documents also show that officers from the CIA, the FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency lodged "heated" objections to the abusive methods of interrogation used by the military, denouncing them in previously secret memoranda as not only unethical but useless and destructive.

In the files released by the government, FBI officials with special expertise in counterterrorism and interrogation techniques recorded their ongoing debate with Army officers about the harsh, coercive techniques authorized by the Pentagon. They were as concerned about the efficacy of those methods -- which they believe often produce poor intelligence -- as with possible violations of law and regulations. But the commanders overseeing the military interrogations simply dismissed the sharp warnings of the law enforcement and intelligence officers.

Turns out that Rummy was a hot advocate of these new methods of interrogation. Isn't it nice that Bush rewarded both Rummy and Gonzales for their devotion to him and his totalitarian penchant?

(via The Sideshow)

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