“That’s All I Recall From That Meeting”
Levin asked Beaver if, in the October 2002 meeting with CIA’s Jonathan Fredman, if SERE employed “the wet towel technique,” as the minutes apparently show her asking. Beaver’s (shocking)response: “I don’t recall.” What does she recall? That there was a “candid” discussion of what Geneva allowed. “That’s all I recall from that meeting.”
She’s portraying herself as a bagman. Higher headquarters “wouldn’t ask for torture,” since that was by definition illegal, she said. Instead, therefore, ” …some SERE techniques would be permissible, acceptable.” That, she said, was “a natural leap,” although, she testified, she was fully aware that SERE is not an interrogation program.