Seeds: Since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S, government has installed many policies that have been controversial. The creation of the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and the installation of the Patriot Act are a few hot topic controversies. Something that has been investigated numerous times is the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) in order to gain testimony from suspected terrorists. President Obama barred the use of these methods two days into taking office.
Core: The CIA has declassified 50 documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The documents explain methods the CIA used such as facial slapping, diapers, insects, and mock burial to gain information from detainees at various detention centers. The method involving insects would include officials threatening the detainee with stinging insects while the detainee is in a cramped box and then placing harmless insects on them instead. The mock burial included the detainee being placed inside a small coffin-like box, with hidden air-holes to prevent actual suffocation, but making them believe they were being buried alive. If you want to read all the gory details, here.
Skin: The debate over the use of enhanced interrogation methods continues into the political arena. Donald Trump has famously said this in regards to enhanced interrogations and ISIS, “We have to play the game the way they're playing the game. You're not going to win if we're soft and they're, they have no rules.”
Leaves: Whether or not the release of these documents will pressure the agency to release more is still unknown. Though, they definitely highlight an issue that will most likely be discussed in upcoming debates.
Food For Thought: Do you think the CIA should be using these methods?