April 21, 2009

MEANS SO HUMANE WE USED THEM ON OUR OWN GUYS?:

Torture planning began in 2001, Senate report reveals: Bush officials said they only tortured terrorists after they wouldn't talk. New evidence shows they planned torture soon after 9/11 -- and used it to find links between al-Qaida and Saddam. (Mark Benjamin, 4/21/09, Salon)

The report details how abusive interrogations began. "In December 2001," the report says, "the DOD General Counsel's office contacted the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for information about detainee 'exploitation.'"

To set up the torture program, the Department of Defense and the CIA reverse engineered something called SERE training, which was conducted by the JPRA. Based on Cold War communist techniques used to force false confessions, in SERE school elite U.S. troops undergo stress positions, isolation, hooding, slapping, sleep deprivation and, until recently, waterboarding to simulate illegal tactics they might face if captured by an enemy who violated the Geneva Conventions.


Are we really supposed to be horrified that the terrorists were submitted to standard training measures for American soldiers?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2009 9:36 PM
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