According to reports, Ammar al Baluchi suffered brain damage from his treatment
The US Central Intelligence Agency used a detainee in Afghanistan as a ‘prop’ to teach interrogators how to torture prisoners, leaving the man with brain damage, newly declassified documents have revealed.
According to the 2008 report by the CIA’s inspector general, published by The Guardian, 44-year-old Ammar al-Baluchi was used to teach interrogators how to perform a torture technique called ‘walling’. According to the CIA walling refers to a place where interrogators can be forced to go. “pulls the detainee towards him and then quickly slams the detainee against [a] false wall.”
According to the document, Baluchi was walled for as long as two hours each time. A former trainee said that he had been subject to this treatment. “all the interrogation students lined up to ‘wall’ Ammar”So their instructor “could certify them on their ability to use the technique.”
“In the case of ‘walling’ in particular the [Office of the Inspector General] had difficulty determining whether the session was designed to elicit information from Ammar or to ensure that all interrogator trainees received their certification,”According to the report, it was noted that it had appeared “certification was key”During the torture sessions.
Baluchi – who was captured by the CIA in 2003 before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006 – reportedly suffered from brain damage as a result of his detainment by the US intelligence agency.
This Kuwaiti-born man, who was born in Kuwait, was arrested for his alleged involvement in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and for serving as Osama bin Laden’s courier.
Baluchi is still held at Guantanamo bay by the United States despite repeated calls for his release from human rights activists and the United Nations.
After nearly twenty years of imprisonment, a Saudi Arabian citizen was freed from Guantanamo bay to undergo mental health treatment. Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani (46), was released after US officials determined that his imprisonment had been justified. “no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States.”
Qahtani was said to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia after being subjected a beating, sexual humiliation and sleep deprivation at Guantanamo bay.
The military prison holds 38 prisoners.