CIA Gave Pentagon Torture Tips

Methods were 'reverse-engineered' from manuals
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 8:06 AM CDT
In this Feb. 2, 2002, file photo, a detainee from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.    (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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(Newser) – The CIA gave the Pentagon advice about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques to be used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, the Washington Post reports. Documents shown to a Senate committee yesterday reveal that the agency had a bigger role than first thought. Torture is "subject to perception,"a CIA lawyer told officials at a 2002 meeting. "If the detainee dies, you're doing it wrong."

The documents show how techniques green-lighted by CIA lawyers, including waterboarding, had been "reverse-engineered" from training manuals advising US troops what to do if tortured by enemy forces. The CIA's advice "will go down in history as some of the most irresponsible and shortsighted legal analysis ever provided to our nation's military and intelligence communities," said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.