The articles I read in the New York Times, CNN and The Guardian have said that the CIA have been using techniques such as solitary confinement, "rectal feeding" and "rectal hydration" since the events on 9/11 (according to The Guardian) . That means from 2002 to 2014 (12 years) the CIA has been practicing these types of "interrogation tactics".
|Prisoners at a CIA interrogation site or "black site". (Cred: International Business Times)|
One of the worst things I read was something called a "rough takedown". The rough takedown is where 'officers run into a prisoners cell (at any time) and strip him naked and then run him through the halls while simultaneously punching and slapping him'.
You might chuckle for a second, but when you actually think about it, that kind of punishment is physically and psychologically damaging to a person. Imagine being paranoid, day and night, about being rushed and stripped, and then subjected to being punched while running though prison naked. It would be terrifying and humiliating, not to mention it would hurt.
The United Nations' outline, titled "The Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners", says that prisoners should be treated with respect to their "inherent dignity and value as human beings". The outline also says that "restriction of [solitary confinement]s use" should be encouraged. Already both rules have been broken with practices like rectal feeding and solitary confinement. What's crazy is that there are still many more torture-like practices used by the CIA that may have violated other human rights.
The fact that the CIA has apparently been violating the Human Rights of their prisoners for the past twelve years has really led me to think, how innocent is the U.S. in this war on terror? Are we just as guilty of inflicting "terror" as the "terrorists" are?