First Reaction: CIA torture report
The 2004 CIA internal report which released over the weekend is a disturbing read to say the least. I can’t think of a word that would be the other extreme of ‘disturbing’, because the implications of this report (on the minds of those who are even slightly convinced that criminal activities are justified) will wreak havoc. The report is not an easy read, and I’m sure as have many others, I have been left nauseated. Despite the plethora of blacked out pages which make you feel like you’re reading an extreme version of ‘Fill in the Blanks’ the descriptions of water boarding, definitions of pain, accounts of mock executions and the variety of techniques employed by the CIA to interrogate and torture detainees is just one of the many legacies left behind of the Bush/Cheney era.
If you’re not planning to read the report in its 159 page entirety, the Guardian has a summary of the techniques here. This is not for the faint hearted – and the investigation that the Justice Department will carry out into the torture practices will not be easy to stomach either.