Shia LaBeouf: ‘I Was Waterboarded’ While in U.S. Custody

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – In an exclusive interview set to air next week with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, American actor Shia LaBeouf opened up about a case of mistaken identity that led to his detainment and interrogation at the hands of the U.S. government.  On September 4th, 2015, the twenty-nine year-old California native was detained by authorities as he tried to board an international flight to Paris out of Los Angeles International Airport.

“They clearly thought I was someone else,” said LaBeouf, who told Brian Williams he was taken to an ‘interrogation room’ in LAX where he was held for nearly four hours before being questioned by the TSA. “They wanted to know about some items in my carry-on that I guess were suspicious to them. And I told them, I said, ‘Look, I’m being truthful here, I have nothing to hide,’ and they said, ‘You’re not being truthful.'”

It was then, LaBeouf said, that TSA agents left the room. Moments later they returned with two plain-clothed agents who did not identify themselves. “They told me, ‘We’re taking you somewhere where we can talk,’ and one of them came up behind me and put a bag over my head. That’s the last thing I remember.”

Since his release from custody, the Transformers star said he’s had ‘around a dozen sessions’ with a licensed hypnotist in hopes of recovering suppressed memories from his experience. “It’s been very painful,” he told Williams, continuing,  “but I’m able to recall bits and pieces.” For example, LaBeouf said, his body is covered with dozens of unexplained bruises and lacerations. “With the help of Dr. Katz, I’ve been able to better understand what happened to me,” LaBeouf began. “I was beaten, I was waterboarded, they attached electrodes to my skin. When I wasn’t being physically and verbally abused, they kept me in a kennel sized cage. I remember sleeping in there.”

It’s still unclear exactly where Mr. LaBeouf was held during his time in U.S. custody, but according to the Frequent Locations tab on his iPhone 6, which the actor showed Mr. Williams, LaBeouf’s iPhone was in Bucharest, Romania, where the CIA is known to maintain a black site, for a period of fourteen days beginning September 6th. On September 21st, the iPhone, and presumably Mr. LaBeouf, logged another nineteen days in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “That’s some pretty compelling evidence,” a visibly stunned Williams said.

Citing national security concerns, the Obama administration declined a request from Real News Right Now to comment on LaBeouf’s alleged detainment and interrogation at the hands of the U.S. government. Mr. LaBeouf, who spent a total of thirty-eight days in custody, said he’s filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the government but nonetheless believes the answers he so desperately seeks, like so many others in U.S. custody, will never see the light of day.

R. Hobbus J.D.

Investigative Journalist

R. Hobbus J.D. is an internationally acclaimed independent investigative journalist specializing in international politics, health, business, science, conflict resolution, history, geography, mathematics, social issues, feminism, space travel, civil rights, human rights... more

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