A US military agency warned the Bush administration about the ‘unreliability’ of information obtained through torture, according to a report.
In July 2002, the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency notified the former administration that torture yields ‘unreliable information,’ just weeks before the Justice Department authorized use of harsh interrogation techniques, The Washington Post reported.
“The unintended consequence of a US policy that provides for the torture of prisoners is that it could be used by our adversaries as justification for the torture of captured US personnel,” the paper quoted from a document attached to a JPRA memorandum.
The Washington Post said segments of the attachment that it had obtained in full were also included in a Senate report on harsh interrogation, which was released this week.
The attachment is the first document that clearly proves that technical advisers had voiced early concerns to the administration of former US president George W. Bush about the infectiveness of imposing severe physical or psychological pressure.
According to The Post, both the CIA’s acting general counsel, John Rizzo, and US Justice Department had received a copy of the report from the Pentagon.
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However on August 1, 2002, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel authorized the use of the 10 methods against prisoner Abu Zubaidah regardless of the report.
Since the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay prison many horrific pictures have leaked out to the press, showing the abuse of terror suspects, most of whom have been denied a trial.
These gruesome images have put the US government, which describes itself as a leading proponent of human rights, under pressure from rights groups and international organizations.
So far, around a hundred Guantanamo detainees, including children, have been released from the prison after suffering months of torture.
A great number of those released were falsely arrested in poor countries like Afghanistan, where some are said to be prepared to give incorrect information to US soldiers in return for a reward or punish their personal enemies by implicating them in an attack.