Ex-CIA Director: Rectal Hydration A ‘Medical Procedure…For The Health Of The Detainee’
[su_right_ad]Former CIA chief General Michael Hayden defends the practice of rectal feeding, a torture technique revealed in the Senate report.
“These were medical procedures,” Hayden said during a tense interview on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” He added that the method was used because detainees were dehydrated, and that giving them intravenous fluids with needles would be dangerous.
“I’m not a doctor,” he said. “What I am told is that this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated.”
The Intelligence Committee report, released Tuesday, detailed a slew of abuses by CIA interrogators on prisoners, including one that involved detainees’ food being blended and “rectally infused.” The report says the practice was used on at least five detainees, including two of the most infamous, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah…
Hayden said that the CIA performed the “activity” five times “for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program.” But the Senate Intelligence Committee report says that it was done “without medical necessity.” And in the report’s description of one of Mohammed’s interrogation sessions, it says that the interrogator wanted to demonstrate “total control over the detainee.”[su_csky_ad]