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Cold-blooded revelations; Obama in trouble

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s harsh interrogation practices against the detainees in the years following September 11 attacks had evoked much contempt and have remained bootless.

President Barack Obama who shut down the interrogation program in 2009 had himself admitted the fact saying that the CIA had “tortured some folks” during former President George W. Bush's administration. “We did some things that were contrary to our values”, he had said. The declassified executive summary of the 6,200-page report against the CIA interrogation techniques will soon be released by the special Senate Committee before the US Congress. The interrogation techniques, the agency claimed were critical in obtaining information about al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The report is said to be the most exhaustive account of the torture techniques used against the detainees in secret black site prisons around the world.

One of the most sever interrogation techniques is Waterboarding. It is a form of torture in which water is poured over the cloth covering the face and breathing passages of a captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. After five long years of investigation, the report was decided to be released before the Congress in last April and is said to contain inhuman revelations of severe and harsh treatments of the prisoners. Debates had arisen regarding the legality of the treatments by the CIA and the Senate Committee had ordered probe into the agency’s methods of interrogation. This has led to another public spat between the CIA and the Committee. According to an unclassified summary of the report released on Thursday, five agency employees, two lawyers and three computer specialists, improperly accessed Intelligence Committee computers earlier this year during a disagreement over interrogation documents. The CIA Chief John Brennan later apologized before the Congress.

The CIA has captured and tortured innocent Muslim youths from different parts of the world accusing them of terror links. Around 800 people were detained and tormented in the Guantanamo military prison in the US. While many of detainees got released, several still are held captive and abused forcing them with charges of terror links. Guantanamo episodes have repeated in the black site prisons in Afghanistan and Poland generating controversies around the world.

The US stance of indifference against the genocide in Gaza and backing Israel by providing more arms for the military offensive is despicable. The most powerful nation in the world has even frozen the humanitarian aid to the Gazan strip saying that it was equivalent to funding terrorism. The release of the Committee report has apparently, landed Obama in trouble. “We crossed the line,” Obama had declared in the White House briefing room. The hunger to rise to the position of world’s supreme power has blinded the Federal government against all the savageries and violence in the world whether it is Guantanamo or Gaza.

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