CIA 'torture report' release due

Society Materials 24 August 2009 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

Some classified sections of a CIA report into the torture of US terrorism suspects are due to be made public, BBC reported.

US newspapers claim they will reveal the use of mock executions and an electric drill to frighten detainees.

A heavily-censored version of the 2004 internal CIA review was released last year.

A US federal judge ordered an edited version to be released on Monday, after a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lawyers for the US Justice Department and the CIA have been scrutinising the report since June to determine how much of it can be made public.

The CIA inspector general's review of the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects was written in 2004.

It was first made public last year but in an almost meaningless form, because so much remained classified, the BBC's Daniel Sandford reports from Washington.

Parts of the contents page were obscured, and all of the introduction and the conclusions withheld.

One page was completely black apart from references to "enhanced interrogation techniques" and "the waterboard technique", our correspondent adds.

The US has banned harsh interrogation methods, including death threats.

Even under the Bush administration's controversial interpretation of the law, causing "severe mental pain" by the "threat of imminent death" was considered illegal.

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, is reported to be considering whether to appoint a prosecutor to investigate alleged abuse by CIA officers.