Tuesday, December 18, 2007

BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Man Imprisoned at CIA “Black Sites” Tells His Story of Kidnapping and Torture

BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Man Imprisoned at CIA “Black Sites” Tells His Story of Kidnapping and Torture is an interview with Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah concerning his imprisonment and torture by U.S. forces. It appears from this interview that the treatment by U.S. forces did not include beating or physical torture, but psychological torture. In the earlier article, Inside the CIA's notorious "black sites", it appeared from the Salon.com article that U.S. forces had done beating and other physical torture. Instead he described that the Americans recognized he was not in a condition for rough treatment, and that psychologists were frequently with him.

There has been a controversy over the participation by psychologists in torture. Perhaps psychologists don't swear the Hippocratic Oath, but "first, do no harm" is a very good attitude to have regardless of whether they do or not. It appears that psychologists are involved with the military in designing torture techniques that don't require physical beatings, but instead work towards inducing insanity in the prisoner. Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah describes the techniques as sleep deprivation and playing loud raucous music constantly, and how it drove him to suicide attempts and to hitting his head against the walls.

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