Confessions of a torturer

Originally published 3/13/07:

This is a really horrible thing to read about what our interrogators have been up to in Iraq… from the lips of an ex-interrogator/torturer himself.  It’s really an eye-opener and a bit long, but I’d encourage the curious to read this man’s story to see what is really going on behind the curtains over there.

 ” The vast majority of the men and women in Lagouranis’s MI brigade remained at Abu Ghraib and a nearby base for their entire tour, and at the end of that year they published an intelligence report he says was full of empty claims. “It was like, ‘The top ten detainees and what we got out of them,’ ” Lagouranis says. “It was all bullshit. And that’s for an entire year of interrogating thousands of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. They got nothing out of that place. That’s not just my assessment—you can talk to anybody I worked with over there. The main reason for that is because 90 or 95 percent of the people we got had nothing to do with the insurgency. And if they did we didn’t have any good evidence on them. And the detainees knew that and they knew they didn’t have to talk to us.” A February 2004 Red Cross report based on the estimates of coalition intelligence officers said that 70 to 90 percent of the prisoners were innocent.”

http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/torture/

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