The CIA cables detail the interrogation at the base executed by the CIA …

Gina Haspel

Newly declassified documents published on Friday graphically describe how an al Qaeda agent was stripped naked, beaten several times against walls, surrounded by water and confined in boxes for hours in a covert detention site that CIA director Gina Haspel briefly supervised. after September 11.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri's harsh treatment in the secret jail in Thailand has been revealed before, and was under the spotlight during the Haspel Senate confirmation this spring.

Approximately a dozen new documents, obtained by the National Nonprofit Security Archive, provide more details.

According to a cable, an interrogator "growled" at al-Nashiri and said: "You are our prisoner." We are your guardians and it is not much lower than that. "

Gina Haspel

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

Gina Haspel (left) oversaw the CIA's black site in Thailand in 2002, when Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was held there and subjected to harsh interrogation techniques

Some of the other cables, essentially field reports sent from the base in Thailand to the CIA headquarters, describe the forced nudity replaced by a "towel" to use & # 39; and the shaving of al-Nashiri's head and beard as he cried and made theatrical faces.

Haspel's name and those of other CIA employees who worked at the detention site are redacted, but public statements and other declassified documents, including the 2004 CIA Inspector General's report, confirm that she was monitoring the site. while al-Nashiri was there during the last months of 2002.

The CIA has divulged little about Haspel's more than 30 years with the agency, almost all undercover.

During her confirmation, she said she does not support the use of the harsh interrogation techniques used at the detention site in Thailand, and in other parts of the world, "for any purpose."

The CIA psychologists began an interrogation session at 4.15 am by placing al-Nashiri against the "bulletin board" and telling him they wanted to know who, what, when, where and how the operations would be carried out and not they would stop at nothing to get it. & # 39;

When al-Nashiri repeated the information he had already provided instead of new information about the threats, the psychologists threw him to the ground and a "security team" took off his clothes and shaved his head while moaning and moaning. Then they locked him in a box.

Al-Nashiri, who is currently being held at the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is accused of orchestrating the plot by al Qaeda to bomb the destroyer of US Navy Cole in 2000.

The attack on the coast of Yemen killed 17 American sailors. His trial is currently pending.

He was captured in the United Arab Emirates in mid-October 2002, was sent to the detention site in Thailand in November 2002. It was closed the following month.

Al-Nashiri received a waterboarded, a technique that simulates drowning, at least three times, as of November 26, 2002.

"The interrogation intensified rapidly when the interrogations aggressively interrogated the subject while he was on the wall, to multiple applications of the wall technique and, ultimately, multiple applications of the irrigation technique," said a cable that reported the session of interrogation to the headquarters of the CIA.

At one point, al-Nashiri was left tied to the waterboard & # 39; for 20 minutes to be able to contemplate your destiny, "said the cable. After they practiced the submarine, the interrogators covered the head of al-Nashiri with a hood and left it on the waterboard, moaning, trembling and asking God to help him repeatedly.

While he was being approached again, psychologists told al-Nashiri that if he was not honest with them and did not tell them about US operations. UU Against the United States, they were "willing to continue giving it the same treatment, day after day and day, for months if necessary, until the subject decides to cooperate."

The cables relate another instance in which the interrogators carried out a "theatrically perfect" scenario designed to convert al-Nashiri, who was hooded at that moment, into an additional helpless state.

Members of the security team burst into the subject's cell, screaming and howling, while one of the interrogators "walled him five times" and then pretended to interrupt the mock murder and rescue him.

Afterwards, al-Nashiri cried and then sat silently in the corner of his cell on a paper handkerchief, which he had carefully folded into a pad.

The National Security Archive, founded in 1985 and based at George Washington University in Washington, uses the Freedom of Information Act to request the government to declassify information to provide a more complete understanding of events, particularly related to national security and foreign policy.

The file filed her FOIA request for Haspel cables in April after President Donald Trump nominated her to be CIA director.

The documents, however, were not published until after the Senate confirmed her as director in mid-May. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump said he supported the submarine, but has not taken steps to revive its use.

During his confirmation hearings, Haspel said that "with the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one that the CIA should have undertaken."

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