Friday, February 3, 2017

Fooled you, didn't he?

Don't think he won't go there.

The new deputy director of the CIA allegedly ran a “black site” prison in Thailand where suspects were waterboarded, a form of torture that Donald Trump supports.

Gina Haspel, selected by Trump and appointed by CIA director Mike Pompeo on Thursday, reportedly had a leading role in the intelligence agency’s covert post-9/11 programme in which simulated drowning and other painful interrogation techniques were used on detainees overseas.

She briefly ran a black site in Thailand where suspected al-Qaida members Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were tortured in 2002, and Haspel later helped carry out an order that the CIA destroy its waterboarding videos, US officials told Reuters and Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

CIA cables on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah at the site, codenamed Cat’s Eye, were declassified last month.

They revealed he was waterboarded 83 times in a month and had his head repeatedly slammed into walls.

Interrogators also used sleep deprivation and kept Abu Zubaydah in a “large box”, the documents said.

His captors later decided he held no useful intelligence.

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