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7.03.2008

Adapting Chinese early 1950s "thought reform" techniques

Anyone who has read Robert J. Lifton´s books and who is familiar with the basics of "thought reform" as practiced in China in the 1950s will see what I mean. And anyone who is familiar with the work of Darius Rejali will know how torture methods travel across time and space.

Here´s an excerpt from a New York Times article published yesterday

The military trainers who came to Guantanamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.”
What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.
I have no comments to make about this.

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