USA copies torture techniques from Communist China

New York Times, 2 July 2008:

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.

The recycled chart is the latest and most vivid evidence of the way Communist interrogation methods that the United States long described as torture became the basis for interrogations both by the military at the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and by the Central Intelligence Agency.

George Orwell, Animal Farm:

No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

(via American Footprints)

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One Response to USA copies torture techniques from Communist China

  1. Marlin says:

    The US has recycled the whole policy from one tyrant or another. Look up “Homegrown terrorist” and see who used it first. Look up “Sleeper cell” and see who used that first.

    Homeland security was first used by Hitler, Private militaries are used in Coups (blackwater). secret prisons, torture, illegal searches.

    The Bush Admin uses these because they worked in the past to turn a country to fascism, which is the end goal.

    Seriously, look them up, see where they came from, and what followed. I am not asking you to believe me, look it up yourself.

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