The CIA released more than 50 documents Tuesday that graphically detail torture after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the government agency.
“These newly declassified records add new detail to the public record of the CIA's torture program and underscore the cruelty of the methods the agency used in its secret, overseas black sites,” said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director.
“It bears emphasis that these records document grave crimes for which no senior official has been held accountable," he added.
The new documents give more detail to the death of Gul Rahman, who froze to death in a secret Afghan prison in 2002. The documents showed that Rahman was subject to humiliating practices such as wearing diapers.
The ACLU represented Rahman’s family in a lawsuit against two psychologists contracted by the CIA, James Mitchell and John Jessen, who carried out the torture program on Rahman.
“The documents reveal that Rahman was brutalized in part because his torturers decided that complaining about his torture was a form of resistance and he needed to be 'broken,'" said Dror Ladin from the ACLU.
On June 22, Mitchell and Jessen must provide their answer to each of the allegations stemming from the ACLU lawsuit.
It was also revealed that the CIA’s unlawful detention and torture of German citizen Khaled El-Masri was based on a mistaken identity. El-Masri is currently being represented by the ACLU in a case at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The documents also showed that the CIA was concerned that detainees who were tortured should be kept hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross for the remainder of their lives.
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