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Report: CIA Transferred Terror Suspects to Jordan for Interrogation, Torture


Human Rights Watch says the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency transferred at least 14 terror suspects to Jordan for interrogation and torture in the three years following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

The New York-based rights group says Jordan was the top destination for CIA transfers, known as "renditions," between 2001 and 2004.

The report says Jordan's General Intelligence Department served as the CIA's jailer and interrogator, routinely torturing and mistreating detainees rendered by the United States.

The document quotes detainees who claimed they were threatened with electricity, snakes, dogs and rape. The report also says a commonly-used torture method involved extended beatings on the bottoms of the feet.

Human Rights Watch also says it uncovered eight previously unknown cases of rendition based on information it received from former Jordanian prisoners who were detained with non-Jordanian terror suspects.

The report says while a handful of countries received persons rendered by the United States, no other country is believed to have held as many as Jordan.