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With every layer that gets peeled off of the torture onion, things just keep getting more interesting. Take, for example, the new report from the Senate Armed Services Committee which highlights, among other things, where the torture tactics came from:
The Bush administration's interrogation program was based on the U.S. military program known as Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE), which is used to train U.S. troops if they are ever tortured by an enemy that doesn't adhere to the Geneva Conventions. However, none of the top CIA, Cabinet, or congressional officials who approved of the Bush administration's recommendations knew that SERE was designed around "torture methods used by Communists in the Korean War...that had wrung false confessions from Americans." These officials were unaware that veteran SERE trainers said the methods were ineffective for getting useful information and the former military psychologist who recommended that the CIA adopt SERE "had never conducted a real interrogation." One CIA official called the process "a perfect storm of ignorance and enthusiasm."
I guess that means we can start calling the torture apologists on the other side of the aisle communists, since they obviously embrace the same approach towards torture.

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