Ex-POW reacts to Senate report on CIA torture

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SAN DIEGO -- Bob Farner, who was held prisoner during World War II, said he was not surprised by the details of waterboarding and starvation tactics exposed in Tuesday's report about the CIA's treatment of detainees.

Farner was a 17-year-old Marine  specializing in infantry when he was captured by the Japanese. He said he was tortured on several occasions.

"It was three and a half years of hell," he said. "They thought they killed me. They beat me until I was unconscious, and I was unconscious for five days."

Farner said his main concern about the report is the possibility of provoking retaliation by publicly acknowledging that the U.S. tortured terrorist suspects.

"The word is out about what we did, and now the enemy has ideas about when they capture one of us," he said.


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