According to declassified training manuals, [School Of the Americas] students - military and police officers from across the hemisphere - were instructed in many of the same "coercive interrogation" techniques that have since gone to Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib: early morning capture to maximise shock, immediate hooding and blindfolding, forced nudity, sensory deprivation, sensory overload, sleep and food "manipulation", humiliation, extreme temperatures, isolation, stress positions - and worse. In 1996 President Clinton's Intelligence Oversight Board admitted that US-produced training materials condoned "execution of guerrillas, extortion, physical abuse, coercion and false imprisonment".The US has a long way to go to remove this stain on its good name.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
US torture is nothing new
Naomi Klein reviews a new book on the decades-long evolution of current US torture practices: