The CIA can’t bury the truth about its atrocities forever

During the tug-of-war, federal agencies appear to have paid little mind to the report, possibly out of concern that it is the property of Congress and off-limits to them, as GOP Sen. Richard Burr has claimed. (Photo: Justin Norman/flickr/cc)

This is an American Torture Story.

Noam Chomsky

Majid Khan was at the mercy of CIA interrogators for 1,200 days – at least. During that time, he was stripped. He was forced into ice water baths. He was “hung up” for a day in a sleep deprivation position. He was denied solid food for seven days.

After about a year, Majid Khan went on hunger strike to protest the treatment he was receiving. The CIA responded with “involuntary rectal feeding and rectal hydration.” Majid’s lunch tray, consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins, was “pureed” and “rectally infused.”

cia-vaticanThis happened repeatedly. Eventually, Majid Khan attempted to cut his wrists.

I’m interested in the power of words.  Terms like “enhanced interrogation” or “rectal feeding” are clever disguises for the true term we should be using to describe the CIA’s treatment of Majid and more than 100 others: Torture.

The CIA can try to bury the truth of these atrocities, but it’s up to us to hold the agency responsible. Tell U.S. authorities that no one gets away with torture.

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