Saturday, May 09, 2009
Short and Sweet: SERE "Training" Is/Was "Torture."
Please. Can we just stipulate now: SERE training subjected USers to torture at the hands of OTHER USers. Not fake 'torture,' not simulated 'torture,' not 'faux 'torture.' REAL torture.
It was designed to harden USer troops who might be captured to the rigors the USer Top Brass had concluded--because it was in their own playbooks--our soldiers might encounter.
This seems to indicate that USer officials and authorities subjected USers to torture, unless I'm missing something.
So, unless it is the contention of the detainee-torturers that they were training the captives to endure and resist the very hardships they were subjected to, to claim exception based on the fact what was done to the detainees was no worse than what USer troops experienced at the hands of their own countrymen, is the absolute height of jesuitical sophistry.