September 11: The CIA thought of administering a “serum of truth” to its prisoners

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — CIA doctors have been studying the possibility of using a “truth serum” as part of the extensive interrogation program instituted after the September 11 attacks, according to documents released Tuesday.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 , the CIA thought of administering a “truth serum” to force suspected terrorists to speak, according to a previously classified report that was given to the American Union for Civil Liberties (ACLU) after a long court battle.

According to the 90-page document unveiled Tuesday, CIA doctors were considering the use of the powerful sedative midazolam, normally prescribed to treat anxiety, to obtain information from non-consenting prisoners.

The idea was advanced in 2002 because of the resistance of Palestinian Abu Zoubeida, suspected of being among the organizers of the 9/11 attacks. The waterboarding, sleep deprivation and confinement in small spaces had not broken.

Yet, in the end, the CIA decided not to ask the Department of Justice to approve the use of drugs during interrogation, which spared doctors “some important ethical concerns,” according to the report.

In 2009, Barack Obama , then President, put an end to this program of interrogations, often referred to as torture, carried out in the secret prisons of the CIA.

Current White House tenant Donald Trump said he was convinced that the drowning simulation was “effective” in interrogating prisoners, while relying on the Pentagon and CIA leaders on the issue. opportunity to restore it.


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