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‘50s CIA report critical of Soviet police techniques has eerie parallels to the modern American criminal justice system

‘50s CIA report critical of Soviet police techniques has eerie parallels to the modern American criminal justice system

In the midst of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency routinely collected information about the methods of control employed by the Soviet Union to capture, incarcerate, and punish those opposed to the state. While the CIA used this information to denounce the USSR in reports such as this one available in the CREST archives, a modern reader will note how several of the criticized policies resemble those of the criminal justice system in modern day America.

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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's asset in Mexico was architect of some of the worst atrocities of the Dirty War

CIA’s asset in Mexico was architect of some of the worst atrocities of the Dirty War

Mexico’s “Dirty War,” nestled in the middle of what the Central Intelligence Agency called a period of “stability” for the country was carried out in part by their asset Miguel Nazar Haro and his secret police. Nazar would later be arrested for his role in the “disappearance” of 1,200 dissidents, and investigated for torture, murder, and even genocide, all while working with, and protected by, the CIA.

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Gaming at Gitmo: a breakdown of Guantanamo Bay's video game library

Gaming at Gitmo: a breakdown of Guantanamo Bay’s video game library

After three years of processing, the Pentagon has finally released its catalogue of video games available to detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Britney Spears, lap dances, fatalism - a look inside Gitmo's bizarre world

Britney Spears, lap dances, fatalism - a look inside Gitmo’s bizarre world

A Freedom of Information Act request regarding the use of loud music and strobe lights during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay led to the release of the camp’s complete Standard Operating Procedures - as well as the 2005 report alleging that inmates were tortured.

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