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  • picture obtained by ABC News and released May 19, 2004 shows a man identified as Sgt. Charles Graner posing over the body of detainee Manadel a-Jamadi in Abu Ghraib prison. According to testimony from Spc. Jason Kenner, obtained by ABC News, the man was brought to the prison by US Navy Seals in good health. Kenner said he saw extensive bruising on the detainee's body when he was brought out of the showers, dead. Kenner says the body was packed in ice during a "battle" between CIA and military interrogators over who should dispose of the body. The Justice Department opened an investigation into this death and four others today following a referral from the CIA. The photo was taken by Sgt. Charles Fredrick who in e-mails to his family has asked why the people responsible for the prisoner's death were not being prosecuted in the same manner that he is. Pictures of the Year 2004Reuters
  • A hooded protester dressed to represent a detainee of the U.S. government demonstrates against torture outside the White House in Washington November 22, 2005. CIA interrogators use "unique" methods to obtain "vital" information from prisoners, but strictly obey laws against torture, CIA Director Porter Goss said in an interview published on Monday. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, has proposed legislation outlawing torture or cruel and inhumane treatment of U.S. prisoners and Vice President Dick Cheney has been working in Congress to exempt the CIA from such a formal ban.REUTERS/Jason Reed
  • Clara Gutteridge, of the London-based rights group Reprieve, talks to the press during a break in the first court session of a lawsuit filed by Khaled el-Masri against Macedonia, in Skopje February 4, 2011. Clara Gutteridge, was at the court to present the findings of the group's investigation into the el-Masri case. El-Masri, a German man, says he was snatched by the CIA in Macedonia and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan, after being mistaken for a terrorism suspect. El-Masri was not present in the court.REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski
  • Khaled el-Masri talks to the media after testifying before a judge at Madrid's High Court October 9, 2006. Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, said he was kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. intelligence service CIA late 2003.REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN)
  • Khaled el-Masri talks to his lawyer Manfred Gnjidic (R) after his arrival at a court in the southern German town Memmingen December 10, 2007. Khaled el-Masri, a German man of Lebanese descent who says he was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA was detained on suspicion of setting fire to a shop in the town of Neu-Ulm in southern Germany that caused 500,000 euros damage, police said.REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY
  • Khaled el-Masri (R) and his lawyer Manfred Gnidjic walk away after testifying before a judge at Madrid's High Court October 9, 2006. Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, said he was kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. intelligence service CIA late 2003.REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN)
  • Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan gestures during a rare news conference at CIA Headquarters in Virginia, December 11, 2014. Brennan said on Thursday that some agency officers used "abhorrent" interrogation techniques and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques managed to get useful intelligence out of terrorism suspects.REUTERS/Larry Downing
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (L) discusses a newly released Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's anti-terrorism tactics, in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, in this still image taken from video, on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2014. "Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, the declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found.REUTERS/Senate TV/Handout (UNITED STATES
  • U.S. President George W. Bush pauses during remarks on torture and the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 5, 2007. Bush on Friday defended the CIA's use of secret prisons overseas to interrogate terrorism suspects and declared the United States does not use torture.REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)

Shocking details about the CIA's torture program emerged after the U.S. agency, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACUL), was forced to release classified documents.

The classified documents reveal new information regarding Gul Rahman, a prisoner who froze to death at a secret CIA prison in 2002, and the case of mistaken identity of Khaled El-Masri, a German national who was wrongfully detained and tortured for over four months in 2004 by water-boarding him 83 times in one month.

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According to Vice News and ACUL reports, the CIA indulged in regular beatings, forced rectal feeding, water-boarding, sensory and sleep deprivation and mock executions. The documents also shed light on the case of Abu Zubaydah, who was mistaken for a top Al Qaeda agent and was wrongfully detained and tortured at CIA black-site. 

Zubaydah said he made up fake terrorist plots in order to stop the abuse. The account from medical personnel who helped with the first waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah deals a major blow to the CIA's insistence it gained crucial information through torture.

The ACLU now represents El-Masri in a pending case against the U.S. before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its also representing Rahman's family who is suing CIA-contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who helped design the U.S. torture program.

Through declassification it was revealed that President George Bush was unhappy with the agency's techniques to obtain information. A 2006 memo on the document says: "The president was concerned about the image of a detainee, chained to the ceiling, clothed in a diaper and forced to go to the bathroom on themselves."

Dror Ladin, attorney with the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, who helped win the release of these documents, addressed this revelation during an interview with Democracy Now.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the information about the pangs of conscience of President Bush? DROR LADIN: You know, it’s hard to credit that, but on the other hand, I think a lot of people think of torture in a more abstract way rather than thinking of a detainee chained to the ceiling in a diaper. And so, I think that, you know, the president or anyone else, when ultimately confronted with the brutality of it, has to really think again, you know, "Is this who we are? Is this—even imagining that it was, you know, effective"—which we know it wasn’t—"is this who we are?"
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