Arab governments do not have to take Western criticism regarding torture in their prisons very seriously; the New York Times today describes how the USA has been using torture on its prisoners. And those who used these methods will not go punished, Barack Obama decided.
C.I.A. interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda, far more than had been previously reported.More in the New York Times.
The C.I.A. officers used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum. Abu Zubaydah has been described as a Qaeda operative.