The 600-page executive summary of the report details the techniques used by the CIA on terrorism suspects, including waterboarding, sexual threats, sleep deprivation, and the use of a blacked out “dungeon” where detainees were kept in total darkness and bombarded with loud music.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee report also found the CIA provided extensive inaccurate information about the program to the White House, Congress, Department of Justice and American people.
“It was morally, legally, administratively misguided,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said as she released the report.
The report itself took seven years to be compiled and come to light.
There were five years of research looking at CIA memos, cables and real-time chats as well as other official documents.
It was approved by the Committee for release two years ago and has taken until now to be revealed publicly because of the fighting over what should be redacted.
Torture program a ‘stain’ on nation’s history
On the floor of the Senate Committee, Senator Feinstein spoke almost non-stop for an hour, describing a “stain” on the nation’s history that should “never happen again”.
Some detainees were held in a “dungeon” without light. Others were subjected to the “most aggressive techniques immediately – stripped naked, diapered, physically struck and put in various painful stress positions for long periods of time”.
“They were deprived of sleep for days – in one case up to 180 hours,” she said.
“That’s seven and a half days – over a week with no sleep. Usually standing or in stress positions – at times with their hands tied together over their heads – chained to the ceiling.”