A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner told "60 Minutes" on Sunday he was held in a very small holding cell for 70 days without heat and light during his 14-year stay at the maximum security facility, CBS News reports.
During his first 70 days in holding, Mohamedou Slahi, a sworn member of al Qaeda who was never charged with a crime, said he was interrogated almost around the clock.
"I had three shifts of interrogators," he told "60 Minutes."
During that time, he slept for only two hours per night.
"I lived in a haze. I was very nervous, very angry, very easy to be angry," said Slahi, who has since been released and has written a book about the experience. "And I was crying for the simplest reason."
He added: "Then they brought another Marine guy. He wore a Marine [uniform]; it does not mean that he's a Marine. I'm just saying this for the record. And then he kept pouring this water on me. Then I kept really shaking," Slahi recalled. "And then he said, 'Answer me.' But I couldn't talk because — because my mouth couldn't move because I was very cold."
At another time, Slahi said he was dragged onto a boat and was forced to drink salt water.
“They opened my mouth and pouring salt water until I — start choking," Slahi said. "So they start to — fill me with ice cube. Ice cube—inside [my] uniform. Ice cube, full. My body was full. And then I was like shaking uncontrollably like this. They start hitting me everywhere, hitting."
The interrogation tactics, now outlawed, were approved by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In 2010, according to CBS News, a federal judge ordered Slahi's release and wrote "there is ample evidence … that Slahi was subjected to extensive and severe mistreatment at Guantanamo."
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