6 most horrific torture techniques America used at the Guantanamo Bay

02:59 PM | 17 Aug, 2016
6 most horrific torture techniques America used at the Guantanamo Bay
After continued pressure from international groups, President Obama's plan to close down the horrific
Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is finally underway. Yesterday marked the single largest transfer of prisoners from the facility. Guantanamo Bay has been under immense pressure from human rights groups all over the world after reports of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" went public in 2004. Statements released by ex-convicts who had spent time in the facility depicted gross violations of human rights.

Lets take a look at the 6 most horrific torture techniques used at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

1. Extreme Reaction Force

extreme reaction force

Tariq Dergoul, a British citizen, born and brought up in east London and released without charge after almost two years at Guantanamo Bay told of this inhumane procedure. The Extreme Reaction Force (ERF) was a team of 5 guards who would assault one prisoner at a time. They used extreme force as well as pepper spray and sticks.

2. Rape

Majid Khan, another ex inmate of Guantanamo, reported that he had been raped extensively at the facility. As described in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report, Khan was raped while in CIA custody (‘rectal feeding’). He was sexually assaulted in other ways as well, including by having his ‘private parts’ touched while he was hung naked from the ceiling.

3. Beat Down


Another inmate told of a technique in which the inmates would be brought naked into a room of 15 to 20 Mps (military police). Guards would then ask the inmate to squat for hours and if they were to fall over they would be beaten unconscious with baseball bats and weapons. Hence the term ‘Beat Down’.

4. Water Boarding


A popular technique for interrogation, the prison guards used this procedure extensively on the inmates. While the CIA alleges that they only throw water on the inmates face for a maximum of 20 seconds at a time. Inmates who have been released from the facility say that they had been water boarded for hours at a time which included having there whole body held submerged underwater for long durations.

5. Stress Positions

stress positions

Majid Khan also informed his lawyers that he was hung upside down for days at a time. Once he was hung upside down from a wooden beam for three continuous days. During which he alleges he was only given water but no food.

6. Prolonged Sleep Deprivation

prolonged sleep deprivation

A senate report detailed that detainees were kept awake for upto 180 hours, often standing or in a stress position the whole time. This caused the onset of hallucinations in many of the daitinees however this practice was still frequently used.

Guantanamo Bay was once considered the torture chamber of the United States and the horrors committed there, despicable. We must never forget those atrocities and ensure that no such facility is ever opened again.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check latest rates here

Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.

Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 6 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.7  286.75 
Euro EUR 309  312 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 361  364 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.6 78.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.58 766.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.41 41.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.49 36.84
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 923.13 932.13
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.36 79.06
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.09 8.24

Gold price sees major drop in Pakistan; Check today gold rates - 6 Dec 2023

KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 6 December 2023

On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100. 

Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.

In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Karachi PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Islamabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Peshawar PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Quetta PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sialkot PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Attock PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujranwala PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Jehlum PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Multan PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Bahawalpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujrat PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nawabshah PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Chakwal PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Hyderabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nowshehra PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sargodha PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Faisalabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Mirpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625


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