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Profile: Daniel McNeil

 
  

Positions that Daniel McNeil has held:

  • General, Commander of the coalition forces in Afghanistan


 

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Quote, Early March 2003

   “Our interrogation techniques are adapted. They are in accordance with what is generally accepted as interrogation techniques, and if incidental to the due course of this investigation, we find things that need to be changed, we will certainly change them.” [New York Times, 3/4/03]

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Daniel McNeil actively participated in the following events:

 
  

(October 2001-2004)      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       US intelligence officers at a CIA-run interrogation center (see (October 2001-2004)) at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan use torture techniques to interrogate detainees. The captives—imprisoned in metal shipping containers—are subjected to a variety of “stress and duress” interrogation tactics. [Washington Post, 12/26/2002; The New York Times, 3/9/2003 Sources: Unnamed former intelligence sources and current US national security officials, several of whom have witnessed the actual handling of prisoners] The US captors force the detainees to stand or kneel for hours, wear black hoods or spray-painted goggles for long periods of time, and stand or sit in awkward and painful positions. They are also thrown into walls, kicked, punched, deprived of sleep and subjected to flashing lights and loud noises. [Washington Post, 12/26/2002; Amnesty International, 8/19/2003; The New York Times, 3/9/2003 Sources: Unnamed former intelligence sources and current US national security officials, several of whom have witnessed the actual handling of prisoners] Some detainees tell of being “chained to the ceiling, their feet shackled, [and being] unable to move for hours at a time, day and night.” [New York Times, 3/4/03] Psychological interrogation methods such as “feigned friendship, respect, cultural sensitivity” are used as well. For instance, female officers sometimes conduct the interrogations, a technique described as being “a psychologically jarring experience for men reared in a conservative Muslim culture where women are never in control.” [Washington Post, 12/26/2002 Sources: Unnamed former intelligence sources and current US national security officials, several of whom have witnessed the actual handling of prisoners] Human rights monitors are not permitted to visit the facility. [Washington Post, 12/26/2002; Agence France Presse, 12/29/2002] The US claims that the interrogation techniques used at Bagram do not violate international laws. “Our interrogation techniques are adapted,” General Daniel McNeil claims in early March 2003. “They are in accordance with what is generally accepted as interrogation techniques, and if incidental to the due course of this investigation, we find things that need to be changed, we will certainly change them.” [The Guardian, 3/7/2003]
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