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CIA torture manual
February 14, 2007, 2:20 am
Filed under: Politics, Torture

Via an article on CiF, the manual “Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual” on psychological torture techniques, used by the CIA to train the Contras in Nicaragua in 1984. Read also the National Security Archive page for some background about the documents.  What’s startling is the handwritten corrections on the manuscript, part of a sort of PR campaign:

The 1983 manual as declassified included numerous revisions made by CIA apparently in July 1984 in the wake of public revelations about a CIA “assassination” manual used by the Nicaraguan contras.  The revisions added a full page following the table of contents labeled “Prohibition against use of force,” and overwrote in hand-printed letters most of the manual’s references to “coercive techniques.”  For example, the 1983 sentence on the second page of the introduction read “While we do not stress the use of coercive techniques, we do want to make you aware of them and the proper way to use them.”  The 1984 revisions overwrote “do not stress” with the word “deplore” and replaced the phrase “the proper way to use them” with the phrase “so that you may avoid them.”


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