SERE Torture Was Sent To Iraq
For a good example about how torture, once unleashed, can’t be contained, check out this bombshell that Levin just dropped. In September 2002, a Guantanamo team went to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, to attend SERE training, thereby learning how U.S. Special Forces resist such torture techniques as hooding, sleep deprivation, stress positions and waterboarding. Through a variety of bureaucratic machinations, that training then became a part of official Bush administration policy for interrogating terrorism detainees.
Guantanamo Bay houses detainees that the Bush administration declared outside the Geneva Conventions. That was never the case for the Iraq war. But in September 2003, according to Levin, the bureaucratic entity that oversees the SERE program, known as JPRA, sent a team to Iraq. Levin said that those SERE instructors — who are not trained interrogators, since SERE is not an interrogation program — actually participated in interrogations of Iraqi detainees. Those detainees were always under the protections of Geneva.
Two words we haven’t yet heard in this hearing: "War crimes."