CIA Threatened to Kill, Rape Detainee Families: Report

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A newly declassified CIA report says interrogators threatened to kill the children of a Sept. 11 suspect. The document, released today by the Justice Department, says one interrogator said a colleague had told Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that if any other attacks happened in the United States, "We're going to kill your children."

Another interrogator allegedly tried to convince a different terror suspect detainee that his mother would be sexually assaulted in front of him—though the interrogator in question denied making such a threat. The report, written in 2004, examined CIA treatment of terror detainees following the Sept. 11 attacks. It has been declassified as part of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.