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9/11, crime & punishment

Caught napping on 9/11 - in part because of a turf war with the FBI - the CIA was eager to get ahead of the game and gather intelligence on a rumoured second wave of attacks

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Kanika Datta
The Forever Prisoner: The Full and Searing Account of the CIA’s Most Controversial Covert Program
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This month, The Guardian published an exclusive series of 40 illustrations prefaced with a warning: “The images and descriptions of torture in this articles are extremely graphic”. Sketched by Abu Zubaydah, incarcerated for over two decades in the notorious Guantanamo Bay, they were recreations of the brutalities that the CIA inflicted on him—also known as “enhanced interrogation techniques.

These drawings were sent to one of Abu Zubaydah’s lawyers, who compiled a report titled “American Torturers: FBI and CIA

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First Published: May 23 2023 | 10:50 PM IST

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