USAF Special Forces Acted As CIA Contracted Torture Advisers
The United States Air Force's (USAF) Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) was founded in 1947 and according to the website, Gosere.com, states :
Our mission is to prepare aircrew and high risk of capture DOD personnel to survive under any conditions. SERE Specialists train over 6,500 aircrew members a year in the proper use of principles, techniques, equipment, and procedures necessary to survive anywhere in the world.
Newly released United States Department of Justice (DOJ) memoranda reveal that personnel trained in techniques used by SERE acted as one of the two persons to be in contact with a prisoner during the "increased pressure phase" , practiced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with it being the SERE psychologist's responsibility to make the decision whether the prisoner(s) being tortured was (were) experiencing " .... severe physical or mental pain or suffering" , with the Bush administration's Justice Department's criterion for when actions of 'interrogators' would be considered torture and criminal being if severe mental and physical pain or suffering was the intent of the 'interrogator' .
Click here for Justice Department Memos on Torture Interrogation .
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