10 shocking things in the CIA report: Anal abuse and near drowning

CIA Torture
CIA Torture

1) The CIA ran a secret prison called COBALT.

“Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste.”

“The CIA placed a junior officer with no relevant experience in charge of  COBALT.” ["The chief of interrogations told the CIA OIG that ‘[DETENTION SITE COBALT] is good for interrogations because it is the closest thing he has seen to a dungeon.’

2) Detainees were hosed down with cold water while naked.

The CIA used several interrogation tactics not approved by the Department of Justice. The COBALT detention facility was run by a junior officer “with no relevant experience.” One detainee held at the facility died of suspected hypothermia — he was chained to a concrete floor partially nude.

3) Many of the CIA’s interrogators were known to be sexually deviant with anger issues.

“This group of officers included individuals who, among other issues, had engaged in inappropriate detainee interrogations, had workplace anger management issues, and had reportedly admitted to sexual assault.”

4) CIA interrogators threatened to rape or kill during interrogation.

“CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families – to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to ‘cut [a[a detainee’s]other’s throat.'”

5) The CIA anally abused detainees.

“CIA leadership was also alerted to allegations that rectal exams were conducted with “excessive force” on two detainees at DETENTION SITE COBALT. CIA records indicate that one of the detainees, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, was later diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, and symptomatic rectal prolapse.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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