A nonpartisan review led by a former Bush administration official has concluded that the US indisputably practiced torture in the wake of 9/11.
Not only that, the kind of brutality seen after 9/11 was worse than in any previous American war because it was planned in detail by the nation's leaders - Bush, Cheney, and other officials. It involved "considered and detailed discussions...directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody."
"The C.I.A. not only waterboarded prisoners," the report finds, "but slammed them into walls, chained them in uncomfortable positions for hours, stripped them of clothing and kept them awake for days on end," reports the New York Times.
And the cruelty was pointless: the report found "no firm or persuasive evidence" that torture yielded better intelligence.
Lest you fear the report was authored by partisans with an axe to grind, you can read about the authors at the Constitution Project website.
Via the New York Times.