That said, some have suggested that our use of enhanced techniques put our country in the delicate position of demanding fair treatment of our prisoners while at the same time using harsh techniques on Al Qaeda detainees. They wonder what’s to stop our enemies from using the same tactics we used, and what right we would have to ask them to stop.
I would submit that the immediate adoption of the entire CIA interrogation program by every combatant entity currently engaged in any war or battle in any corner of the world would be the greatest thing that ever happened to modern detention and prisoner/hostage/detainee well being. Were the Secretary-General of the United Nations to propose and enforce the adoption of the CIA interrogation program and conditions of confinement on every battlefield on earth, the number of lives improved and saved would qualify him for a Nobel Peace Prize. There would be no more torture — yes, I mean actual torture. No detainee would ever be subjected to
any treatment more severe than that we inflict on our own American servicemen every month in SERE training. All prisoners and detainees would be adequately fed, clothed, housed, and given health and dental care. There would be no beheadings, no beatings, no cutting off of hands, fingers, ears, or noses. No starvation of prisoners. No slow deaths from disease and dysentery. No snuff films, or propaganda videos featuring staged confessions or abuse. No beating of the undersides of feet, or genital mutilation. There would be no rape, no sexual abuse, and no blackmail of families.
Speaking as a retired soldier who was considered “high risk” and trained in the SERE course, I would welcome the implementation of the CIA interrogation protocols by any enemy I may encounter, because I would know that whatever they did to me would be monitored, measured, and carried out over a finite period of time. I would know that they would never cause me severe injury or death. I don’t know that about any of our current enemies, so I would gladly accept the CIA interrogation protocol as the world standard.
This, as long as there is war and enemy captives, would be a great idea. Unfortunately as the author writes:
It was always about the sawing off of heads. It still is.
The United States’ enemies have never had much compunction with violating the Geneva Conventions on captured service members [see: Flyboys, A True Story of Courage, cannibalism of captive POWs ]. And non-Nation States are not even bound by international laws, as they are not official signatories.
As another service member of the DoD “High Risk” pool, I experienced [and perversely, was paid] to receive–on orders–the SERE techniques used in EIT.
It is designed to create: unpleasant, stress-inducing, nerve-racking, emotional hopelessness, fear, pain, hunger, thirst, and severe culture shock. The Navy version [all I can attest to] does all of this very, very well. It is not fun. I was ecstatic when the damn thing was over. It was the best training I ever received.
It wasn’t the most technical, tactical or longest. SERE taught me [and I would bet, all who have attended] more about ‘self’ than any psychobabble books or therapist could do in 10 years.
SERE is not torture. It is designed to give our high-risk-of-capture service members ‘a sip’ of conditioning for [most likely] the pain and horror that will come at the hands of enraged and impotent enemy captors.
Having explained that SERE is not torture [Q.E.D. EIT] but training techniques, there is quite an implied insult to the muslim ‘lion-warriors for allah’: If you let our school house training break the will of your leaders and fighters then you need to evaluate your definitions of stalwart and bravery.
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Reading mohammedans tweet about ‘forced feeding barbarity’: They are well versed in pushing the hot buttons of western guilt. My discussion is not on long term captivity issues but on the EIT.