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CIA Used Mock Execution to Get Al-Qaeda Info: Report

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WASHINGTON - US Central Intelligence Agency
interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a
captured Al-Qaeda commander into giving up information, The Washington
Post reported.

Citing
a report by the agency's inspector general and unnamed former and
current US officials, the newspaper said the tactics were used on Abd
al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Nashiri, who was captured in November 2002
and held for four years in one of the CIA's secret prisons, ultimately
became one of three Al-Qaeda leaders subjected to waterboarding, the
report said.

A federal judge in New York has ordered a redacted
version of the classified IG report to be publicly released Monday, in
response to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the paper
said.

The report, written in 2004, offers new details about
Nashiri's interrogation, including episodes in which the detainee
reportedly was threatened with death or grave injury if he refused to
cooperate, The Post said.

In one instance, a CIA interrogator
showed Nashiri a gun and sought to frighten the detainee into thinking
he would be shot, said the paper, citing unnamed sources.

In a separate encounter, a power drill was held near Nashiri's body and repeatedly turned on and off, according to the report.

The
federal torture statute prohibits US nationals from threatening anyone
in his or her custody with imminent death, The Post noted.

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