New Book Reveals Existence of Secret Red Cross Torture Report

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July 11, 2008 8:45 am
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In a secret report last year, the International Committee of the Red Cross found that the CIA’s interrogation techniques were “categorically” torture, a new book reveals.

From the New York Times:

The book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals,” by Jane Mayer, who writes about counterterrorism for The New Yorker, offers new details of the agency’s secret detention program, as well as the bitter debates in the administration over interrogation methods and other tactics in the campaign against Al Qaeda.

. . .Citing unnamed “sources familiar with the report,” Ms. Mayer wrote that the Red Cross document “warned that the abuse constituted war crimes, placing the highest officials in the U.S. government in jeopardy of being prosecuted.”

Late Update: The book also reveals new specifics on Abu Zubaydah’s waterboarding. Contrary to administration reports that the technique was used “on only three occasions,” Abu Zubaydah told the Red Cross that he was waterboarded “at least 10 times in a single week and as many as three times a day.”

And there’s new info on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as well. “KSM” says he was “kept naked for more than a month” and “kept alternately in suffocating heat and in a painfully cold room.”

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