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Thursday, July 03, 2008

It's only torture when they do it

Can we call it torture now?

From The New York Times:

China inspired interrogations at Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.”
What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.

1 comment:

larryniven said...

You think this is depressing? Just wait until they get Congress to pass a retroactive immunity law about it - it'd "support the troops," prove that "we don't torture," and also have the pleasant side effect of further pacifying China (that is, along with Bush's decision to attend the opening of the Olympics), thus delaying the repayment of all the money we borrowed from them.