Tuesday, December 6, 2005

CIA's Six "Secret" Interrogation Techniques

As of 2002, this is what we do to terror "suspects" who we think have important information.  Personally, I don't mind the first three.  But the last three bother me.  I don't care if we fight this war with the attitude of "the ends justifies the means" but lets be honest about it.  Most of these are torture.  Especially the last three.  Tell me what you think.

1. The Attention Grab: The interrogator forcefully grabs the shirt front of the prisoner and shakes him.

2. Attention Slap: An open-handed slap aimed at causing pain and triggering fear.

3. The Belly Slap: A hard open-handed slap to the stomach. The aim is to cause pain, but not internal injury. Doctors consulted advised against using a punch, which could cause lasting internal damage.

4. Long Time Standing: This technique is described as among the most effective. Prisoners are forced to stand, handcuffed and with their feet shackled to an eye bolt in the floor for more than 40 hours. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation are effective in yielding confessions.

5. The Cold Cell: The prisoner is left to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees. Throughout the time in the cell the prisoner is doused with cold water.

6. Water Boarding: The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.

All of this comes from an ABC article I found online.


autumnsavril said...

For someone who's used to standing for long periods of time, the third one doesn't bother me much.  The worst that will happen is they get really, really sore feet.

I have had that.  There are worse things in life.  I'm not even sure that would make me talk.  The sleep deprivation, on the other hand, may do me in.

Numbers five and six are a little torturous, but I know that much, much worse has been done to people in the past.  Real, actual torture.  The kind that eventually kills you.

Any of these happening to me would suck, but they are mild compared to what the CIA *could* do.  Call me cold and heartless, but these seem humane in comparison.


rampage841512 said...

Water boarding is a simulated execution, which is illegal.  You're convinced you're going to die.  That's pretty severe mental trauma, which falls under the definition of torture.  The best of the best in CIA give in in under 14 seconds.  These guys are trained to resist.  

My biggest problem with most of it is that it's all flat out illegal.  There are guidelines for treating POWs, and that's what these people are.

You can't do these things to an American criminal suspect because it is considered wrong no matter the circumstances or how many lives are in danger.  It's wrong because it is wrong period, and as such it should apply to everyone.

If you compromise your morals you lose all credibility.  I'm not saying we should or shouldn't be doing this.  If fact, we should be doing more.  But we shouldn't be calling it something it isn't either.