Mock Executions Among CIA Torture Tactics
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 7:10 PM CDT
Top Bush administration officials wanted the report, which outlines the mock executions, kept secret.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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(Newser) – A report long suppressed by Bush administration officials set to be released next week says the CIA used mock executions as part of post-9/11 interrogations, Newsweek reports—though federal law prohibits threatening prisoners with “imminent death,” and the practice wasn’t authorized by the Justice Department, unlike other “enhanced” techniques like waterboarding.

A man suspected in the USS Cole bombing was threatened with a gun and a power drill during one interrogation, the report found; during another, a gunshot was fired in the room next door to make the detainee believe a fellow prisoner had been executed. The report has been ready since 2004, and has been read by some lawmakers; two former CIA heads kept it buried fearing its impact on agency morale.