.
December 9th, 2014
09:26 PM ET

Fmr. CIA official: CIA torture report provides ISIS propaganda material

On Tuesday, the FBI and Homeland Security warned federal and local law enforcement to be on guard for violent extremists reacting to an explosive report on the CIA's use of torture.

The report charges that the agency's enhanced interrogation techniques were even more brutal than previously stated and didn't work in obtaining actionable intelligence.

The report details torture that included mock executions, threats of sexual abuse of detainees and even threats of sexual abuse of their family members. Prisoners were kept awake for more than seven days at a time. One prisoner was chained to the floor and left to freeze to death, while others were hooded, then beaten while being dragged.

The report says the techniques were not only "deeply flawed" but they often yielded "fabricated" information - hallucinatory detainees saying anything to make it stop.

The CIA fired back, saying the program was "effective" and substantially helped them obtain crucial information in the war of terror.

Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam defended the report, while passionately condemning torture.

McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release

"I know from personal experience that abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence," McCain said on the Senate floor.

But with the FBI's warning of retaliation from violent extremists reacting to the CIA report, should it have been released?

OutFront, Hank Crumpton was deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. He was in charge of CIA operations in Afghanistan after 9/11 when his team of 100 CIA agents helped crush the Taliban. He spent 24 years in the CIA and worked for then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Filed under: International • Terror Attack • Terrorism • Torture Report
soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.