The Bush Administration Office of Legal Counsel authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to put insects inside a confinement box as part of the Administration’s "harsh interrogation" practice, as well as throwing detainees into walls, according to memos released by President Barack Obama on Thursday.
"You would like to place Zubadayah in a cramped confinement box with an insect. You have informed us he has a fear of insects," the Bush White House said.
"As we understand it, no actually harmful insect will be placed in the box. Thus, though the introduction of an insect may produce trepidation in Zubaydah (which we discuss below), it certainly does not cause physical pain."
You can read the memos here: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/20090416_memos.pdf
This is a breaking story and I am sure more will be brought to light later.
(editors note, normally I enjoy looking for pictures to go with threads, not this time!)