How Bush And Cheney Tortured II: Verschaerfte Vernehmung

More leaked Red Cross testimony, this time from one of the first "enhanced interrogation" victims on whom Bush and Cheney experimented. Remember: these guards and torturers are Americans, under orders from an American president, against US law, in violation of UN treaties, in total contravention of the Geneva Conventions, and far from any hypothetical "ticking … Continue reading How Bush And Cheney Tortured II: Verschaerfte Vernehmung

Best Of The Dish 2007: Verschaerfte Vernehmung

This was first posted May 29, 2007: The phrase "Verschärfte Vernehmung" is German for "enhanced interrogation". Other translations include "intensified interrogation" or "sharpened interrogation". It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were … Continue reading Best Of The Dish 2007: Verschaerfte Vernehmung

Verschärfte Vernehmung In Europe

The report by the the lead investigator for the Council of Europe, Dick Marty, into the secret interrogation and torture sites operated by the CIA these past few years makes for extremely grim reading. For decades, the KGB deployed the classic Gestapo techniques on prisoners; now, under the Bush administration, it is the United States … Continue reading Verschärfte Vernehmung In Europe

“Verschärfte Vernehmung” Ctd.

Here’s a link to the blogs that have discussed the fact that the Bush administration’s term "enhanced interrogation" was coined in 1937 to describe exactly the same techniques authorized by Bush, Cheney, Tenet, and Rumsfeld. The term was coined by the Gestapo. The original post, with historical documentation, is here. Please read it. Please send … Continue reading “Verschärfte Vernehmung” Ctd.

“Verschärfte Vernehmung”

The phrase "Verschärfte Vernehmung" is German for "enhanced interrogation". Other translations include "intensified interrogation" or "sharpened interrogation". It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court. The methods, as you can see above, are indistinguishable from those described as "enhanced interrogation techniques" by the president. As you can see from the Gestapo memo, moreover, the Nazis were adamant that their "enhanced interrogation techniques" would be carefully restricted and controlled, monitored by an elite professional staff, of the kind recommended by Charles Krauthammer, and strictly reserved for certain categories of prisoner. At least, that was the original plan.

The Waterboarding Of Americans

Reading the remarkably reported NYT story on the unimaginable horrors endured by the Westerners captured by ISIS makes the more harrowing scenes from this season of The Walking Dead seem tame. The sadism, the brutality, the torture, the isolation, the terrible loneliness and terror: it’s all there, a stark sign of the sheer, unbridled evil … Continue reading The Waterboarding Of Americans

The Depravity Of The Pro-Torture Right

Some small part of me still wants to believe that Don Rumsfeld is not a monster; that Dick Cheney is not a foul, unrepentant war criminal at large; that Joe Lieberman actually has some moral reservations about the torture his friends devised and perpetrated against thousands of victims, especially given the fact that the torture … Continue reading The Depravity Of The Pro-Torture Right