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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The torture rollout

The Senate report on detainee treatment shows a clear line from the techniques Rumsfeld approved for Guantanamo straight through to Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib.

Now, let's be very clear. Rumsfeld only officially authorized for Guantanamo and others took that authorization as policy elsewhere, but his language is directly traceable, and while he was Sec Def, he made no move to stop it.

Also, two stories on the genesis of the techniques. The WaPo notes that the Bush administration began developing techniques before they had declared them legal (and before they had any prisoners,) and the NYTimes notes that the techniques were developed from SERE without anyone noting that the techniques were developed by past American enemies to generate false public confessions in US personnel.

(It appears that "someone" is managing this torture release very hard. The Obama campaign was famous for the disciplined, long arc, slow rollout which caught out many who responded in the first or second day.)


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