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In the '50s, CIA decried Soviet torture tactics that would later be used at Gitmo and Agency black sites

In the ‘50s, CIA decried Soviet torture tactics that would later be used at Gitmo and Agency black sites

In the early days of MKULTRA, while the Central Intelligence Agency scrambled to defend against the alleged “brainwashing” programs of foreign countries, and to create its own, Agency staff responsible for the program responded to a report describing reported Soviet brainwashing efforts. In a letter formerly classified SECRET, CIA staff dismissed the Soviet techniques as “police tactics which would not be condoned in a democratic country.” The tactics described in the report not only mimic tactics which have been used in Guantanamo Bay and in CIA black sites, proved to be a source of inspiration for some post-9/11 interrogation programs.

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CIA declassifies new portions of Cold War-era interrogation manual

CIA declassifies new portions of Cold War-era interrogation manual

In the midst of controversy over the potential release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” torture program, last month the CIA quietly released a newly declassified version of the infamous 1963 “KUBARK” interrogation manual.

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