Torture in Our Names

The Bush CIA's torture methods as described in the chilling ICRC report (.pdf):

— Suffocation by water poured over a cloth placed over the nose and mouth, alleged by three of the fourteen.

— Prolonged stress standing position, naked, held with the arms extended and chained above the head, as alleged by ten of the fourteen, for periods from two or three days continuously, and for up to two or three months intermittently, during which period toilet access was sometimes denied resulting in allegations from four detainees that they had to defecate and urinate over themselves.

— Beatings by use of a collar held around the detainees neck and used to forcefully bang the head and body against the wall, alleged by six of the fourteen.

— Beating and kicking, including slapping, punching, kicking to the body and face, alleged by nine of the fourteen.

— Confinement in a box to severely restrict movement alleged in the case of one detainee.

— Prolonged nudity alleged by eleven of the fourteen during detention, interrogation and ill-treatment; this enforced nudity lasted for periods ranging from several weeks to several months.

— Sleep deprivation was alleged by eleven of the fourteen through days of interrogation, through use of forced stress positions (standing or sitting), cold water and use of repetitive loud noise or music. One detainee was kept sitting on a chair for prolonged periods of time.

— Exposure to cold temperature was alleged by most of the fourteen, especially via cold cells and interrogation rooms, and for seven of them, by the use of cold water poured over the body or, as alleged by three of the detainees, held around the body by means of a plastic sheet to create an immersion bath with just the head out of the water.

— Prolonged shackling of hands and/or feet was alleged by many of the fourteen.

— Threats of ill-treatment to the detainee and/or his family, alleged by nine of the fourteen.

— Forced shaving of the head and beard, alleged by two of the fourteen.

— Deprivation/restricted provision of solid food from 3 days to 1 month after arrest, alleged by eight of the fourteen.