We have been told that there is “widening unease within the Central Intelligence Agency over the possibility that career officers could be prosecuted or otherwise punished for their conduct during interrogations and detention of terrorism suspects”.
And the CIA does not worry without reason.
The CIA interrogated and beat Iraqi prisoners in a room where a handcuffed and hooded prisoner was kicked, slapped and punched shortly before he died last year at the Abu Ghraib prison, a US Navy Seal has testified.
Blood was visible on the hood worn by the prisoner, Manadal al-Jamadi, as he was led into the interrogation room at Baghdad International Airport in November 2003, the navy commando said at a military pre-trial hearing on Monday for another Seal accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners.
Testifying under a grant of immunity, the witness, identified only by his rank as a hospital corpsman [hospital corpsman!], said he kicked al-Jamadi several times, slapped him in the back of the head and punched him.
Five or six other CIA personnel in the “romper room” laid their hands on the prisoner, he said, but did not provide details.