Ugly Things Grow In Dark Corners

Secret prisons. Harsh interrogations. Heard this one before?

Harsh C.I.A. Methods Cited in Top Qaeda Interrogations: The Central Intelligence Agency has used coercive interrogation methods against a select group of high-level leaders and operatives of Al Qaeda that have produced growing concerns inside the agency about abuses, according to current and former counterterrorism officials.

At least one agency employee has been disciplined for threatening a detainee with a gun during questioning, they said.

In the case of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a high-level detainee who is believed to have helped plan the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, C.I.A. interrogators used graduated levels of force, including a technique known as “water boarding,” in which a prisoner is strapped down, forcibly pushed under water and made to believe he might drown.

How many detention faciilities does the CIA run? How many prisoners? How long are they held? Are they released?

And those are the easy questions. The tough ones are about how often the CIA launders its torture through foreign intelligence agencies.

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