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What the CIA Did to Its Detainees[1]
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Abu Zubaydah nudity, hooding, walling, cramped confinement, waterboarding, facial slaps, attention grasps, facial grabs, facial holds, stress positions, sleep deprivation, rectal abuse
  • The CIA’s first detainee, Abu Zubaydah experienced almost all of the agency's "enhanced interrogation techniques." At one point, he was told he would only leave the facility in a coffin-shaped box.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri nudity, sleep deprivation, standing shackled, stress positions, rectal abuse, waterboarding
  • Nashiri was left at the whim of an inexperienced officer that colleagues worried had anger issues, and who left him with cuts, bruises and a nearly dislocated shoulder.
Ramzi bin al-Shibh cold temperature, shaving, loud noise, nudity, standing shackled, dietary manipulation, attention grasps, facial holds, walling, facial slaps, abdominal slaps, cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, waterboarding
  • Al-Shibh cooperated with an unnamed foreign government before being handed over to the CIA, who subjected him to its techniques. The interrogations led to visions, paranoia, insomnia and attempts at self-harm.
Hambali standing shackled, nudity, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, cold temperature, loud noise, dietary manipulation
  • Before being subjected to the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques," Hambali was cooperative. Afterward, he admittedly fabricated information.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed nudity, walling, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, facial holds, attention grasps, abdominal slaps, facial slaps, stress positions, water dousing, rectal abuse, waterboarding
  • During waterboarding on March 12, 2003, a CIA medical officer said that "we are basically doing a series of near drownings."
Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi water dousing, rectal abuse
  • Hawsawi was subjected to unapproved water dousing in a way that was “indistinguishable” from water boarding. He was also one of two detainees given a rectal exam with "excessive force."
Abu Yasir al-Jaza'iri nudity, shaving, standing shackled, water dousing, sensory deprivation, cold temperature, loud noise, dietary manipulation
  • Jaza’iri was stripped and left standing naked and shackled with his hands above his head before he was subjected to interrogation.
Ammar al-Baluchi waterboarding
  • The CIA said it obtained key evidence through waterboarding Baluchi, but the Senate report found this wasn’t the case.
Khallad bin Attash abdominal slaps, facial slaps, facial grabs, walling, water dousing, waterboarding
  • Attash cooperated with Pakistani authorities befored he was handed over to the CIA and subjected to its "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Laid Ben Dohman Saidi standing shackled, nudity, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, ice water baths, water dousing
  • “The CIA discovered he was likely not the person he was believed to be.”
Majid Khan standing shackled, nudity, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, ice water baths, rectal abuse
  • CIA interrogators pureed the contents of his lunch tray, which included hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins, and fed it into Khan’s rectum.
Mohd Farik bin Amin stress positions
  • As he knelt in a stress position designed to cause pain in the joints, the CIA chief of interrogations placed a broomstick behind his knees.
Bashir bin Lap nudity, standing shackled, sleep deprivation, darkness, sensory deprivation, cold temperature, loud noise, dietary manipulation
  • A CIA cable in 2004 noted that "Lillie is of limited value," adding that "[h]is English is very poor, and we do not have a Malay linguist."
Hassan Ghul nudity, shaving, wall standing, sleep deprivation, standing shackled, sensory deprivation, loud noise, cold temperature, nudity, dietary manipulation
  • Before enhanced interrogation by the CIA, Ghul "sang like a tweetie bird," one official said. Once in CIA custody, interrogators were unable to learn anything more.
Janat Gul sleep deprivation, facial holds, facial slaps, attention grasps, stress positions, walling, diaper
  • A CIA cable noted that "[Gul] asked to die, or just be killed."
Sharif al-Masri unknown
  • Masri initially offered to cooperate because, he said, he feared being tortured. The CIA used its "enhanced interrogation techniques" on him anyway.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani sleep deprivation
  • Ghailani was later convicted in a civilian court for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
Abu Hazim nudity, dietary manipulation, facial grabs, facial slaps, abdominal slaps, attention grasps, sleep deprivation, stress positions, cramped confinement,water dousing, walling, standing shackled
  • Despite a broken foot, Abu Hazim was made to stand shackled with his hands above his head for at least 52 hours.
Ridha Ahmad Najar nudity, hooding, loud music, sleep deprivation, isolation, cold temperature, diaper, standing shackled, diaper, hooding, darkness
  • Najar’s interrogation became the model for others treated at the CIA black site code-named as "Cobalt" in the Senate report.
Ghulam Rabbani attention grasps, cold temperature, forced standing
  • After his arrest -- a case of mistaken identity -- Rabbani was subjected to techniques unapproved by CIA headquarters.
Ghairat Bahir unknown
  • "I was left naked, sleeping on the barren concrete." -- Ghairat Bahir.
Al-Shara'iya facial grabs, facial slaps, abdominal slaps, standing shackled, cramped confinement, walling, stress positions, sleep deprivation
  • Despite assertions from the CIA and the Bush administration that only three detainees were waterboarded, Al-Shara'iya said that he, too, had been subjected to the procedure numerous times.
Abu Faraj al-Libi unknown
  • CIA interrogators punished Al-Libi for complaining of hearing loss; once in the custody of the Defense Department he was given a hearing aid.
Suleiman Abdullah nudity, standing shackled, water dousing,
  • Abdullah's interrogators were denied permission to subject him to water dousing; they did it anyway. He was determined not to be a senior member of Al Qaeda.
Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi sleep deprivation
  • Gharisi was subjected to at least 96 hours of unapproved sleep deprivation.
Abu Ja'far al-Iraqi nudity, dietary manipulation, facial slaps, abdominal slaps, facial holds, attention grasps, walling, stress positions, water dousing, standing shackled, sleep deprivation
  • The CIA said that al-Iraqi had an edema on his head from the walling, blisters on his ankles from shackles and abrasions on his neck.
Muhammad Qurban Sayyid Ibrahim sleep deprivation
  • As they subjected him to "enhanced interrogation techniques," Ibrahim's interrogators cabled CIA headquarters to ask whether there was any evidence he actually had any information.
Muhammad Rahim sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, facial grabs, facial slaps, abdominal slaps, attention grasps, diaper, standing shackled
  • Rahim was the last of the CIA's detainees. He was only interrogated after former CIA director Michael Hayden obtained an executive order from the president that interpreted the Geneva Conventions in a way that would allow the CIA to use its "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Adnan al-Libi sensory deprivation
  • Al-Libi was subjected to multiple sessions of sleep deprivation, beyond what the CIA headquarters approved.
Asadallah nudity, standing shackled, water dousing, cramped confinement, sleep deprivation, stress positions
  • Despite a sprained ankle, Asadallah was left standing shackled with his hands above his head. He was also forced into a small isolation box.
Abu Bahar al-Turki standing shackled, shaving, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, nudity, cold temperature, loud noise, dietary manipulation
  • Turki was a former CIA informant, mistakenly captured and subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" by the agency he had once worked for.
Abu Talha al-Magrebi standing shackled, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation
  • A former CIA informant, al-Magrebi sent multiple messages to the agency warning of future attacks.
Samr Hilmi Abdul Latif al-Barq sensory deprivation, nudity, cold temperature, loud noise, standing shackled, dietary manipulation
  • Al-Barq’s interrogation shows how difficult it was for CIA interrogators to know whether the detainees they subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" were telling the truth.
Hikmat Nafi Shaukat sleep deprivation
  • Shaukat ended up in CIA detention because he had been neighbors with Al Qaeda members.
Rafiq bin Bashir Halul al-Hami sleep deprivation
  • Before an interrogation session, al-Hami was subjected to 72 hours of sleep deprivation -- a tactic that wasn’t approved by CIA headquarters.
Tawfiq Nasir Awad al Bihani sleep deprivation
  • Bihani was subjected to 72 hours of sleep deprivation before his interrogation, which wasn’t approved by the CIA headquarters.
Arsala Khan sleep deprivation
  • Significant intelligence suggests that Khan may have been falsely implicated to the CIA by someone who had a vendetta against his family.
Abu Khalid sleep deprivation
  • Abu Khalid’s treatment wasn’t approved by CIA headquarters. Where he is now is unknown.
Gul Rahman sleep deprivation, facial slaps, cold temperature, dietary manipulation, nudity, darkness, shackled to floor
  • Rahman died after fewer than 20 days in CIA custody.


  1. Ly Chheng, Sarah Childress and Priyanka Boghani (2015-05-19). "What the CIA Did to Its Detainees". WGBH. Retrieved 2015-07-01. "CIA interrogators didn’t always stick to the approved techniques, though — and in December 2014 a Senate investigation concluded that the agency’s interrogations were ineffective, detrimental to national security, and did not help to find Osama bin Laden. The CIA has defended the program."