The NPR report says that year 2002 documents revealed that Attorney General John Ashcroft verbally approved the use of 10 interrogation techniques including “the attention grasp, walling, the facial hold, the facial slap (insult slap), cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, use of diapers and use of insects.” Two days later, Ashcroft verbally approved the use of waterboarding.
In a CNN Report detailing the release of a Senate analysis, Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said: “We can submit all kinds of experts to say it [torture] doesn’t work. And we submit the record to say the record shows it did not work.”
On the other hand, CNN reporter Sara Fischer writes that CIA Director John Brennan believed that interrogation techniques detailed in the report were effective in thwarting attack plans, capturing terrorists and saving American lives. “The report, which details the CIA’s extreme interrogation techniques used on terrorists after the September 11th attacks,” writes Fischer, “was released by Feinstein’s committee despite a last-minute pleas from Secretary of State John Kerry and members of Congress not to release the information to the public at this time.”
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