US tortured detainees after 9/11 terrorist attacks: Report
Washington: It is ‘indisputable’ that the United States tortured detainees in the years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a non-partisan panel has said. The panel also added that the nation’s “highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing the spread of torture.” The 11-member panel, convened by the Constitution Project after the federal government decided not to establish a truth commission-style examination of torture allegations, was led by former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson and former Democratic Republican James Jones, Politico reports.
In the beginning of the 577-page report, the authors said that in the course of the nation’s many previous conflicts, there is little doubt that some US personnel committed brutal acts against captives, as have armies and governments throughout history. The report examines US practices on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and at CIA black sites around the world. It also looks at the role Justice Department officials and medical professionals played in the interrogation programme, the report added.