Senate Report on CIA Torture

Hassan Ghul

Hassan Ghul, who was instrumental in providing information related to the location of Osama bin Laden, was captured in Iraqi Kurdistan in January 2004, and was transferred from U.S. military to CIA custody. Ghul was detained for two days at Detention Site Cobalt where interrogators “did not use the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.” During this time, Ghul provided “the most accurate CIA detainee reporting on the facilitator who led to Usama bin Laden.” He also provided information on many other al Qaeda operatives “prior to the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.”

After he was transferred to CIA Detention Site Black, Ghul was “shaved and barbered, stripped, and placed in the standing position against the wall.” The CIA interrogators at this new detention site “requested to use the CIA’s enhanced interrogations techniques on Ghul,” arguing that “his earlier experiences have convinced him there are limits to the physical contact interrogators can have with him,” which “may limit [their] capability to collect critical and reliable information in a timely manner.” The request was approved and Ghul was subjected to “59 hours of sleep deprivation,” after which he “experienced hallucinations.” The CIA psychologist told him that “his experiences [were] normal and will subside when he decide[d] to be truthful.” “Throughout this period,” according to records, “Ghul provided no actionable threat information.”

Nonetheless, the CIA reported Ghul as “a CIA detainee who was subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and who provided ‘Tier One’ information.”