In another excellent article by Washington’s Blog, the professor points out that the interrogation techniques used against Gitmo victims were predicated upon US military SERE training, which specifically uses the same torture techniques that the Communist Chinese used against POWs in North Korea.
The entire point of SERE training is to mimic what could happen if a person was captured by a country that did not abide by the Geneva Conventions!
Senator Levin notes:
In SERE training, U.S. troops are briefly exposed, in a highly controlled setting, to abusive interrogation techniques used by enemies that refuse to follow the Geneva Conventions. The techniques are based on tactics used by Chinese Communists against American soldiers during the Korean War for the purpose of eliciting false confessions for propaganda purposes.
Of course, the difference between SERE training and Gitmo is that the SERE trainees are all volunteers and know they will ultimately not be permanently harmed.
The senior Army SERE psychologist goes on to say:
In fact, it [SERE torture] usually decreases the reliability of the information because the person will say whatever he believes will stop the pain… Bottom line: the likelihood that the use of physical pressures will increase the delivery of accurate information from a detainee is very low. The likelihood that the use of physical pressures will increase the level of resistance in a detainee is very high… (p. 53).
Of course, if we don’t torture Afghani goat herders, they might have information about nuclear bombs which might be used to kill millions. The only way to be sure is to pour water down their nose while holding a hood over their head and pump them full of methamphetamines so they don’t sleep for weeks on end while blasting AC/DC at extreme decibel levels.
So if the Communists used these tactics for propaganda purposes, what does that make us?