Ex-CIA official: “This was torture”

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Even after interrogators informed CIA headquarters Abu Zubaydah had told them all he knew, according to a newly released Justice Department memo, they were told to carry out harsh questioning anyway because CIA leaders in Washington insisted he knew more — setting off a quiet crisis inside the government.

"You've got people inside the CIA saying 'We don't want to do this. This is criminal. This is not what America is about,'" Jane Mayer, an investigative reporter for The New Yorker and author of "The Dark Side," a book on the interrogations, told ABC in an interview.

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CIA officers endure similar treatment in training.

"You were subjected to constant white noise," former CIA official Larry Johnson told ABC News. "Deprived of food, limited food intake. Yes, this was torture."

Mayer said the interrogators themselves were traumatized just watching Zabaydah's ordeal.

"Some of the people I've talked to at the CIA who were involved in this program are absolutely haunted with nightmares still from this," Mayer said.

Ex CIA Official: 'This Was Torture' – ABC News

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