Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate to be director of the CIA on Might 17th. However the public by no means bought to see the memos that she wrote and approved concerning the brutal torture of Al Qaeda suspects at a CIA black web site that she oversaw in Thailand in 2002. Till now.
The Nationwide Safety Archive filed a Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request for the cables on April 16, 2018, after the world realized that President Trump had nominated Gina Haspel for the highest job on the CIA. The Archive solely realized concerning the cables from a footnote within the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, which declassified in 2014. The Archive requested expedited processing for the FOIA request, a particular provision of the FOIA legislation meant for when paperwork are clearly within the public curiosity. Expedited processing was denied and Haspel was confirmed by the Senate earlier than they could possibly be launched.
The Nationwide Safety Archive filed a lawsuit and received, resulting in at the moment’s launch of the paperwork from 2002. And regardless of being closely redacted, they’re fairly stunning, each for his or her express descriptions of torture, and their generally grotesquely poetic language to explain the scene.
One cable describes how one interrogator, beneath Gina Haspel’s command, “strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell at 0902 hrs [redacted], deftly eliminated the topic’s black hood with a swipe, paused, and in a deep, measured voice mentioned that topic – having ‘calmed down’ after his (staged) run-in together with his hulking, closely muscled guards the day before today – ought to reveal what topic had executed to vex his guards to the purpose of rage.”
It solely will get weirder and extra horrific from there, detailing the ways in which detainees have been tortured with waterboarding (simulated drowning), and different strategies of bodily abuse. Haspel oversaw the destruction of 92 videotapes of torture in 2005 as a result of the company calculated that blowback from the tapes being destroyed can be much less catastrophic than the tapes being seen by the general public.
One other cable explains that “interrogators instructed topic that he was going again into the massive field, and that they have been going to speak once more about Walid and different issues. Topic was instructed that he suffered unnecessarily at the moment as a result of he didn’t present full responses up entrance.”
You may learn the remainder of the declassified cables about torture dedicated by the CIA over on the Nationwide Safety Archive.