Thursday, July 03, 2008

Guantanamo interrogation class based on Chinese Communist torture techniques

When in 2002 military trainers came to Guantanamo Bay to teach a course on interrogation techniques, they included a chart of the effects of prospective techniques. That chart came from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War on U.S. soldiers to extract false confessions. The study, by Albert D. Biderman, was titled "Communist Attempts to Elicit False Confessions From Air Force Prisoners of War."

UPDATE (July 8, 2008): Ed Brayton comments on how McCain's torture using these very techniques led to a false confession--so why do we believe that torture will lead to true confessions?

1 comment:

Hume's Ghost said...

In a better world, Bill O'Reilly would feel compelled, or would be compelled by management, to go on the air in contrition and apologize for characterizing opposition to this administration's "coercive interrogation" as a far left "S-P" position.