The Senate report exposing the brutal torture committed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), during interrogations of prisoners post 9/11, was released on December 9.
President Obama has responded to the report by saying that, under his authority, he will ensure these methods are not resorted to again as interrogation methods. However, many right groups and the international community have been asking whether or not the officials responsible for such inhumane treatments of the prisoners will be punished.
The only person charged with a prison sentence, so far, has been John Kiriakou, a former CIA official, the man accused of releasing classified information to unintended parties. Kiriakou was charged with a 30-month prison sentence.
According to New York Times' report released in 2012, Kiriakou was charged by the Obama administration for leaking secret and unauthorized information about the CIA's torture program and the capture and brutal interrogation of a suspected member of Al Qaeda, Abu Zubaydah, to journalists in 2012.
The detailed Senate report, only a small portion of which was shared with the public, accuses the CIA of using inhumane interrogation techniques when questioning post-9/11 prisoners, including painful torture beyond legal and moral limits.
Tactics included weeks of sleep deprivation, slapping and slamming of detainees against walls, confining them to small boxes, keeping them isolated for prolonged periods and threatening them with death. Three detainees faced the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding. Many developed psychological problems.
The report, also accuses the CIA of deceiving the public with discourses of interrogations claiming that the torture was done to save the nation and being used for homeland security.
Treatment in secret prisons a decade ago was worse than the government told Congress or the public, the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report found.
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