Red Cross report: CIA “tortured” victims

Washington Post

03/16/09

The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration’s treatment of al-Qaeda captives ‘constituted torture,’ a finding that strongly implied that CIA interrogation methods violated international law, according to newly published excerpts from the long-concealed 2007 document. The report, an account alleging physical and psychological brutality inside CIA ‘black site’ prisons, also states that some U.S. practices amounted to ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’ Such maltreatment of detainees is expressly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. … At least five copies of the report were shared with the CIA and top White House officials in 2007 but barred from public release by ICRC guidelines intended to preserve the humanitarian group’s strict policy of neutrality in conflicts...

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