‘We Were Torturing People For No Reason’ — A Soldier’s Tale

Prisoners held at Al Asad Airfield, which is located approximately 110 miles northwest of Baghdad, were shackled and hung from an upright bed frame “welded to the wall” in a room in an airplane hanger, he told me in a phone interview after the NYU event. When he was having problems getting information from a detainee, he recalls, the other interrogators said, “Chain him up on the bed frame and then he’ll talk to you.” (Lagouranis says he didn’t participate directly in hangings from the frames.)

The results of the hangings, shacklings, and prolonged stress positions — sometimes for hours — were devastating. “You take a healthy guy and you turn him into a cripple — at least for a period of time,” Lagouranis tells me. “I don’t care what Alberto Gonzales says. That’s torture.” read more

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