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May 20th, 2009
06:10 AM ET

Gitmo torture allegations

One military attorney is speaking out – accusing the military and the government of beating, drugging, and abusing some detainees under former President Bush. The allegations are disturbing – and go much further than anything documented in memos released so far.

Government documents show 28 CIA detainees were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques. But a military attorney for one detainee who was freed from Guantanamo told us in her first on-camera interview in the U.S. She believes there may be more.

Warning: Interview contains graphic language

Related: Watch the FULL interview

Filed under: Controversy • Military
soundoff (15 Responses)

    WHAT ! TORTURE GOING on in AMERICAN PRISONS>?!!!! unacceptable. America gots no reason, no probable cause no nothing. just bullshit .READ THE CONSTITUTION GOVERNMENT ,Signed by the people of the USA . who do u think u are government to arrest these men family men who were taken away from there land and stuck in a prison where there families couldn't see them. i believe if they are truly terrorists who have harmed people then yes arrest them, confine them, have them tryed in there own courts,but dont torture them under your supervision. why cause your an American. that use to mean something.IT MEANS LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  2. Peter


    You do not sound like a "smart unbiased person" or a "real man", and I would be sorry to have to rely on people like you to defend this country. I volunteered for the army in World War II, because I was angry at demagogues like Hitler and Mussolini and the atrocities they were committing.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  3. Paul

    You apologists who keep saying Bush and the interrogators are "angels", or "real men", or hey "it's a time of war" so who cares about the "animals (terrorists)" ..
    Go back to school and this time pay attention to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the part where a bunch of people who were smarter than any of us got together and created the Constitution.

    This is America. We do not torture. Not even if you call it something else and concoct legal justification. Not even when the citizens don't care or are too stupid or fearful to understand why.

    This is America.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  4. CRAIG


    May 21, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  5. jsemper24

    Why is a US soldier representing a foreign prisoner? Something is wrong here and she should have thought about the repercussions this will cause. We will now be hated even more and our soldiers will pay for it. For an attorney, she is very, very stupid and should be tried for treason. We should be able to torture prisoners however we see fit. There are many countries that do barbaric things when torturing their prisoners and we are not one of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:02 am |

    reply-peter..... You mean a comprehensive "LIE". This animal(terrorist) told her this ,again a lie. Grow up and face reality. Thank god there is still real men to defend this great country.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:51 am |

    Obviosly an obama supporter, who is stupid enough to believe what a lying animal (terrorist) says. I hope she is retiring, we need smart, unbiased people defending our nation.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  8. Peter

    A comprehensive statement of what Col Bradley knows should be written and made available to all via the media. Others may corroborate or refute it, but it is important to establish the facts. The better our understanding, the less likely will be the use of torture in the future.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:13 am |
  9. jt

    i dont get what all the fuss is about. in this time of WAR enemies need to be dealt with appropiately. you all flip out about these torture tactics but it protects you while you sit at home and gives you peace of mind. you all enjoy these benefits but do not think and dont care about how they are achieved so long as they are. so if you have problems with this get out of here and go see how they do things over in the middle east and other areas. i was not a fan of bush but he and his administration did what any other person leading a country would have done, gotten answers by any means to protect the people.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:19 am |
  10. Micah McCartney

    jb1879, I feel that those responsible for this pointless inhumane torture should be tried for treason and crimes against humanity and locked up for good! And people like you who justify this should be ashamed of themselves and stay out of civilization's way as it tries to move past your ignorant, medieval breed.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  11. Former Spec.Ops Team 4

    Wow. Ok. Let us look at this from outside the box. The US has many enemies right now. To be honest, looking at history we have always had many enemies. What we have not had are enemies that believe so strongly in a cause they were willing to die for it. Not just die for it, but have been taught since day one that by sacrificing themselves, they would be rewarded in the life after. No question we are dealing with a different kind of enemy. The issue that comes up is that torture is nothing new. The US has a policy not to engage in torture. This is a good thing. However once you enter the theatre, you have 4 certain items. Your weapon is your best friend. After that, you have the guy to your left and the guy to your right whom you trust with your life. Not that like them, or even want to trust them. That is just the way it is. You have no choice. They protect you just as you protect them. In the end, you have your field book. It is not worth any thing now. Adapt and overcome. You are forced to protect your patch of dirt....your place in this world. If cought the enemy of your nation will drag you through the street, strip you down, and make the best use of your limp body. They will video tape it, they will broadcast it, and claim a victory of their own. Should you catch one of them, you will get no information. You are required to give them medical aid. You are required to give them religious materials, food, clothing, shelter, and protection. As in past wars they are plotting to kill you. They want to escape, to kill your family, to end your way of life. Torture? No. The US does not torture by rule of thumb. Then the angels come, wearing the same uniform as US soldiers. The difference is they dont have names, a unit patch, or even rank. These individuals take prisoners of high value, those with inside information and remove them from the general population. They break them down, and extract information that saves lives around the world. I say angels because they operate without boundries within a world of chaos. They are needed. Their tactics are needed. Take a victim of the next terror attack (there will be one, not a question of if but rather when) and tell their family it could have been avoided if we had the ability to gather the information. Look into their face for their reaction. Then come back and say we are torturing these people. This is war people. It has always been like this and always will be like this. The only thing that has changed is the state of the enemy and the state of reporting. Think of how a carjacking would go if at gun point the victim said...."fine kill me but you arent getting my car...". Perhaps a mugging. Same thing. Sure, people would get killed in some statistical fashion. But you would also see a lower rate of actual muggings or carjacking's. The media talks about innocent people killed durring bombing runs, or shoot outs. Yes, there are some of those. That is part of war. However the majority of them know the people living around them. They know who lives above them and below them, down the street, etc. Loss of life is bad by any measure, yet it is no different than someone who gets arrested for being in a stolen car because their friends were. Spec Ops is no joke. Go any place do anything. If we need information, we are going to get it, or call in people that can. All of these so called torture victims get the chance. Not just once, but multiple chances. Plus, one final chance. They understand what is happening, why it is so, and what we need to know. Any one who thinks otherwise is either a fool, or has never served. As they say" walk a day in anothers shoes......"

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  12. jb1879

    I feel that this attorney should be locked up at Gitmo and tried for treason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  13. Scott Stodden

    We knew this already duh, so why is everybody focused on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lying or as I call it fibbing. Now the proof is in the pudding, there will be more and more and more prisoners that will say also, once there free, that they were tortured. This is why President Obama should hold the Bush administration responsible to the highest penalty the courts can give them. Everyone from former President George W. Bush all the way down to Dana Perino should have to answer for what they did and President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder should put this together immediatly, or else more and more prisoners that are released from Guantanmo will also say they were tortured.

    May 20, 2009 at 6:59 am |
  14. Bob

    I'm sure the Congressional Republicans will say she is obviously lying.

    May 20, 2009 at 6:18 am |