CIA tortured suspects 'until the point of death': Report

CIA tortured suspects 'until the point of death': Report

LONDON - Agence France-Presse
CIA tortured suspects until the point of death: Report

File picture taken April 09, 2014 and reviewed by the US military shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during an escorted visit.

The CIA tortured al-Qaeda suspects "until the point of death" by drowning them in water-filled baths, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported on Sept. 8, ahead of the publication of a U.S. Senate report on interrogation techniques.

The paper quoted one security source as saying the torture of at least two suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, went far beyond the waterboarding admitted by the Central Intelligence Agency.

"They weren't just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth," the paper quoted the source as saying, adding: "They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far."       

A second source cited by the paper also spoke of the treatment meted out to Mohammed, who is in U.S. military custody in Guantanamo Bay, as well as alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who is also being held at the detention camp on Cuba.

"They got medieval on his ass, and far more so than people realise," the source, said to be familiar with the still-classified accounts of the torture, was quoted as saying.

An upcoming report by the U.S. Senate based on a review of classified CIA documents would "deeply shock" the public because of its graphic portrayal of the extreme interrogation techniques used by the CIA, a third source said.