Senate Report on CIA Torture

Gul Rahman

Gul Rahman was “a suspected Islamic extremist” who was subjected to “48 hours of sleep deprivation, auditory overload, total darkness, isolation, a cold shower, and rough treatment.” According to records, “CIA headquarters did not approve these interrogation techniques in advance.” 

In November 2002, a CIA officer ordered that Rahman be “shackled in a position that required the detainee to rest on the bare concrete floor.” He was partially nude, “wearing only a sweatshirt” and “[t]he next day, the guards found Gul Rahman’s dead body.” According to records, “[a]n internal CIA review and autopsy assessed that Rahman likely died from hypothermia.” The CIA's report on his death to CIA headquarters contained “a number of misstatements and omissions.” 

Later, the CIA officer who had ordered his shackling received “a “cash award’” of $2,500 for his “consistently superior work.” He “remained in his position as manager of the detention site until July 2003” and “was formally certified as an interrogator in April 2003.” CIA contract psychologist Bruce Jessen also participated in Rahman's interrogation.