The 'Hooded Men'
The Pat Finucane Centre has uncovered declassified British government documents showing London misled two official inquiries and the European Court of Human Rights on the existence of a secret interrogation centre in Ballykelly, County Derry. On 9 August 1971, 350-plus people were arrested and interned. Twelve of the internees were subjected to "deep interrogation". They were subjected to sleep deprivation, white noise, wall-standing, a diet of bread and water and hooding. These became known as "the five techniques." The European Commission on Human Rights called it torture.