The Wire: CIA tortured and lied, report says; French hostage swap; bipolar knife attacker; a spat over nuts

December 9, 2014 7:57 PM

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The CIA's "enhanced interrogation" techniques were far worse than the agency has admitted, amounting to torture, and they led to no crucial intelligence, Senate investigators reported Tuesday. In addition to waterboarding, the agency used sometimes extreme sleep deprivation, slapped detainees and shoved them against walls, confined them in small boxes, isolated them for prolonged periods, threatened them and their families with death and humiliated them by keeping them naked and giving them diapers or even "rectal rehydration," the Senate Intelligence Committee found. "Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured," said committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. A 500-page executive summary of a still-classified 6,700-page report concludes that the harsh techniques used 10 years ago as part of the "war on terror" didn't produce any results that really mattered, contrary to the CIA's claims that they thwarted terrorist plots and saved lives. One suspected extremist, Gul Rahman, died of hypothermia after being shackled to a wall and forced to rest on a bare concrete floor in only a sweatshirt.

A French hostage was freed Tuesday by al-Qaida's North African branch days after two of the men suspected in his kidnapping were freed from prison in Mali. Serge Lazarevic, 51, was described by the French president as in "relatively good health" after more than three years in captivity. A security o...

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