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Secret Report: CIA Prisons “Inhuman”

Is it time for the current administration to take legal action against the Bush officials involved in this mess? The full report from the Red Cross committee deeming CIA secret prisons “inhuman” has leaked and now even the medical officers hired to watch over detainees are being named complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture. Health personnel who were present to ensure detainees did not die or “suffer irreparable damage” often supervised or assisted in beatings of al-Qaeda operatives, reports The Washington Post. One medical officer reportedly told a detainee, “I look after your body only because we need you for information." Other techniques besides waterboarding were used to gain information, including shackling detainees with their arms overhead for days on end and threats of “electric shocks, infection with HIV, sodomy and…being brought close to death.”