En fange på Guantanamo som sies å ha vært den 20. kapreren 911, ble utsatt for en nedverdigende behandling, skriver en offiser som har tatt for seg FBIs rapporter om fangebehandlingen.
A military report presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee stated a Saudi man, described as the «20th hijacker» slated to have participated in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, was forced by interrogators in late 2002 to wear a bra and had women’s thong underwear placed on his head.
U.S. interrogators also told him he was a homosexual, forced him to dance with a male interrogator, told him his mother and sister were whores, forced him to wear a leash and perform dog tricks, menaced him with a dog and regularly subjected him to interrogations up to 20 hours a day for about two months, the report said.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, who headed the probe into FBI accounts of abuse of Guantanamo prisoners by Defense Department personnel, concluded that the man was subjected to «abusive and degrading treatment» due to «the cumulative effect of creative, persistent and lengthy interrogations.» The techniques used were authorized by the Pentagon, he said.
«As the bottom line, though, we found no torture. Detention and interrogation operations were safe, secure and humane,» Schmidt said.
The Pentagon identified the man as Mohamed al-Qahtani and said he ultimately provided «extremely valuable intelligence.»
Schmidt said, «He admitted to being the 20th hijacker, and he expected to fly on United Airlines Flight 93,» which crashed in Pennsylvania.
The investigation, announced in January, followed the release by the American Civil Liberties Union of FBI documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents described prisoners shackled hand and foot in a fetal position on a floor for 18 to 24 hours, and left to urinate and defecate on themselves. Others said military interrogators had used «torture techniques.»