Gina Haspel: Torture and secrecy in Thailand under Donald Trump’s CIA chief nominee

Gina HaspelThe secret American “black site” for interrogating suspected terrorists in Thailand was known to the CIA as “Detention Site Green” but for its first detainee, it was decidedly white.

Four halogen lights blasted the white walls 24 hours a day, according to Steve Coll in his book Directorate S, about the Pakistani spy service and those it arrested.

At other times, alleged terrorist Abu Zubaydah was kept in a coffin-sized box for hundreds of hours and waterboarded until he passed out, according to the Washington Post.

“Interrogation techniques such as slaps and “wallings” (slamming detainees against a wall) were used in combination, frequently concurrent with sleep deprivation and nudity,” stated a US Senate report in 2014.

The Thai interrogation site is back in the news after Donald Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to become the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

via Gina Haspel: Torture and secrecy in Thailand under Donald Trump’s CIA chief nominee – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)