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# # SASC Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in US Custody

# # SASC Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in US Custody

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Published by Phillip Stilley
The first exhaustive investigation into US torture post-9/11 to be completed by the US government. This Senate Armed Services Committee Report found: "The abuse of detainees in US custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of 'a few bad apples' acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority." The report probes both CIA and Pentagon SERE technique training sessions by JPRA psychologists and staff, plus details a coercive interrogation session led by SERE staff in Iraq witnessed by Lt Col Kleinman. He noted "my two JPRA colleagues ... ripped his Abaya off- not cut - they ripped it off ... ripped off his underwear, took his shoes, they'd hooded him already, then they - they had shackled him by the wrist and ankles - being screamed at the entire time in his ear in English about essentially ... what a poor specimen of human that he was... And then the orders were given that he was to stand in that position for 12 hours no matter how much he asked for help, no matter how much he pleaded, unless he passed out, the guards were not to respond to any requests for help."
The first exhaustive investigation into US torture post-9/11 to be completed by the US government. This Senate Armed Services Committee Report found: "The abuse of detainees in US custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of 'a few bad apples' acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority." The report probes both CIA and Pentagon SERE technique training sessions by JPRA psychologists and staff, plus details a coercive interrogation session led by SERE staff in Iraq witnessed by Lt Col Kleinman. He noted "my two JPRA colleagues ... ripped his Abaya off- not cut - they ripped it off ... ripped off his underwear, took his shoes, they'd hooded him already, then they - they had shackled him by the wrist and ankles - being screamed at the entire time in his ear in English about essentially ... what a poor specimen of human that he was... And then the orders were given that he was to stand in that position for 12 hours no matter how much he asked for help, no matter how much he pleaded, unless he passed out, the guards were not to respond to any requests for help."

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