Sunday, 27 July 2008

Guantanamo Interrogations Based on Communist Chinese Methods

Written by  The New American

Sen. Carl LevinA Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held on June 17 made public several documents from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including a chart that outlined the use of “coercive management techniques” by military interrogators. Subsequent information revealed by the New York Times on July 2, after the newspaper had been tipped off by “an independent expert on interrogation who spoke on condition of anonymity,” indicated that the chart used at Guantanamo had been copied from a 1957 article, “Communist Attempts to Elicit False Confessions From Air Force Prisoners of War.” The article had been written by Alfred D. Biderman, a sociologist then working for the Air Force. Authorities at Guantanamo dropped the chart’s original title: “Communist Coercive Methods for Eliciting Individual Compliance.”

In reaction to his discovery of the chart’s origins in the 1957 article, the chairman of the committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said that “every American would be shocked” by the source of the document, which was used to train American interrogators. “What makes this document doubly stunning is that these were techniques to get false confessions,” said Senator Levin. “People say we need intelligence, and we do. But we don’t need false intelligence.”