US engaged in torture after 9/11: Report
Prisoners at the US Guantanamo prison (file photo)
A new report shows the United States systematically engaged in torture of detainees after the September 11, 2001 incidents.
An 11-member panel, assembled by the nonpartisan Constitution Project think tank, issued its 577-page sweeping report on Tuesday.
The report said the highest US officials bore responsibility for the "indisputable" use of torture, and called on President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of next year. "It is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture."
The report concludes that events related to the so-called war on terror have been unprecedented in American history.
The study is based on dozens of interviews with former CIA officials among others.
It says intelligence and military personnel practiced cruel and inhuman treatment of detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere in violation of US and international law.
The report says that every US war was brutal but there had never been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”
The report is a blow to Obama's opposition to investigating incidents of torture under the George W. Bush administration.
The report has also demanded the Obama administration stop force-feeding inmates, who are on hunger strike, at the US Guantanamo prison.
More than 100 detainees are currently refusing to take meals to protest their detention.
The US holds about 166 men at the prison. A mass hunger strike involved many of the prisoners in the summer of 2005 but the protest dwindled after the military began tying people down and force-feeding them liquid nutrients through tubes to prevent them from starving to death.