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CIA Suspends Interrogation Tactics on Terrorist Suspects

By VOA News
27 Jun 2004, 14:01 UTC

A U.S. newspaper says the CIA has stopped using some interrogation methods on terrorist suspects while officials study the legality of the measures.

The Washington Post says the suspension includes denying pain medication and sleep, simulating drowning and using uncomfortable, or "stress," positions on captives.

It says such methods were approved by the White House in 2002 and used on senior members of the al-Qaida terror network in U.S. custody.

The CIA has not commented on the reported suspension, which applies to CIA facilities but not military prisons.

Last week, the White House released a 2002 memo defending the legal use of torture on key terrorist suspects shortly after the September 11 attacks.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told British radio Sunday the measures were only used on one suspect, Mohamed al-Qatani, in the attacks.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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