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CIA report details interrogation methods

From NBC's Pete Williams
The CIA's inspector general looked at allegations of abuse after 9/11 up to October 2003.

In late December 2002 or early January 2003, the report says, unauthorized techniques were used on an al Qaeda suspect, Abd al Rahim al Nashiri. An American, who was not a trained interrogator and was not authorized to use enhanced methods, used a gun and a power drill to frighten al Nashiri. The gun was held close to his head and "racked," to produce the sound of a round being loaded into the gun's chamber. The power drill was revved while the detainee stood, naked with a hood over his head.

In another incident, a debriefer told al Nashiri, "We could get your mother in here," and "We can bring your family in here." The report says the debriefer was trying to exploit a belief in the Middle East that interrogation techniques included sexually abusing female relatives in front of the detainees.

The inspector says the man, believed to be the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was told by a debriefer that if anything else happened in the U.S., "We're going to kill your children."

As for waterboarding, the inspector concluded, as previously reported, that Mohammed was subjected to it 183 times. The Attorney General, the report said, was aware of the repetitive use of the waterboard and that it was "well within the scope" of the legal authority authorized for the CIA.

Abu Zubaydah was also waterboarded. 

"It is not possible to say definitively that the waterboard is the reason for Abu Zubaydah's increased production [of intelligence information], or if another factor, such as the length of detention, was the catalyst," the inspector said.

The inspector also found other unauthorized techniques: putting pressure on the carotid artery to the point that the detainee would start to pass out, then shaking him awake and repeating the procedure twice more. In another incident, a gun was fired outside an interrogation room, then the detainee was moved outside, passed a guard dressed as a hooded detainee, lying motionless, to appear that he'd been shot to death. The detainee who saw this reportedly "sang like a bird," the inspector was told.