“The goal was to create a burden so great that a person’s religious faith would be destroyed.”
That is not what is in the report. The report says:
DIRECTOR HAYDEN: “This proposed program you have in front of you has been informed by our experience and it has been informed by the comments of our detainees. It’s built on the particular psychological profile of the people we have and expect to get ~ al-Qa’ida operatives. Perceiving themselves true believers in a religious war, detainees believe they are morally bound to resist until Allah has sent them a burden too great for them to withstand. At that point —and that point varies by detainee —their cooperation in their own heart and soul becomes blameless and they enter into this cooperative relationship with our debriefers.” [Appendix 3: Example of Inaccurate CIA Testimony to the Committee- April 12,2007]
So it was not the stated goal to destroy faith, but an idea to torture a person to the point where they feel the burden placed on them is too great in the site of God, therefore, the tortured person does not feel it is morally wrong to cooperate.
Obviously, this is still using religion as a stated policy for using torture techniques, but it was not the goal to destory faith. The goal was to use a man’s faith. Destroying faith would be counter to the stated methods.
Off topic: That being said, the report shows that this was an inaccurate portrayal of religious motivation.
"As detailed, Abu Zubaydah referenced religion in the context of his cooperation prior to being subjected to the CIA’s enhanced inteiTogation techniques. On May 14, 2002, more than two months before Abu Zubaydah began his August 2002 enhanced interrogation period, Abu Zubaydah told interrogators that "if he possessed any more information on future threats, then he would provide this information to us to help himself, claiming that ‘the sharia’ gives him permission to do so in his current situation.A bu Zubaydah also made a similar statement to his interrogators approximately a week later—again, prior to the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques—stating that he had “prayed his ‘Istikharah’ (seeking God’s guidance) and was now willing to tell what he really knew,” and “that he had received guidance from God” to cooperate to “prevent his captured brothers from having a difficult time.”^^^® Further, Abu Zubaydah maintained that he always intended to provide information and never believed he could withhold information from interrogators.In February 2003, he told a CIA psychologist that he believed every captured “brother” would talk in detention, and that these “brothers should be able to expect that the organization will make adjustments to protect people and plans when someone with knowledge is captured.
Abu Zubaydah stated he conveyed this perspective to trainees at a terrorist training camp.” [Sampling of Information in CIA Records]
(All from page 485-486 of the report which can be found here.)
But what continues, from then CIA Director Hayden is most disturbing:
DIRECTOR HAYDEN: “Number one, we use the enhanced interrogation techniques at the beginning of this process, and it varies how long it takes, but I gave you a week or two as the normal window in which we actually helped this religious zealot to get over his own personality and put himself in a spirit of cooperation.”
Again, this was an idea to use a man’s own faith against the man.
It was psychological games, from the advise of two psychologists who had no training in interrogation, or the culture and language of the people for which they were devising tortures.