Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's Different When We Do It

Kevin Drum has a post linking to a New York Times story that shows many of the interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay were taken directly from a chart titled "Communist Coercive Methods for Eliciting Individual Compliance."

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.
Just when you think our image around the world couldn't get worse...

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