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In 2002, Military Agency Warned Against 'Torture' - the memo from JPRA PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 April 2009 10:46

The Joint Personel Recovery Agency sends a memo in July of 2002 to the Chief lawyer of the DOD. The memo states among other things that:

"The key operational deficits related to the use of torture is its impact on the reliability and accuracy of the information provided. If an interrogator produces information that resulted from the application ofphysical and psychological duress, the reliability and accuracy of this information is in doubt. In other words, a subject in extreme pain may provide an answer, any answer, or many answers in order to get the pain to stop”

Here is a link to an article about the just released memo.

Here is the memo itself

What is JPRA? (from JPRA website)

Joint Personnel Recovery Agency

The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., is a subordinate activity of USJFCOM. JPRA was created in 1999, merging the Joint Services SERE Agency and the Joint Combat Search and Rescue Agency.

The commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) executive agent for personnel recovery and is responsible for coordinating and advancing joint personnel recovery capabilities. The Defense POW/MIA Office establishes and promulgates personnel recovery policy.

Personnel recovery is the term for military, civil, and diplomatic efforts to obtain the release or recovery of captured, missing, or isolated personnel from uncertain or hostile environments and denied areas.

The goals of DoD personnel recovery include:
• Returning isolated personnel to friendly control
• Denying enemies a potential source of intelligence
• Preventing the exploitation of captured personnel in propaganda programs
• Maintaining the morale of our fighting forces and the national will

What is SERE?

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape

SERE is The United States's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. SERE is not a school at a specific location, it is a program designed to teach American service people the skills to evade capture and survive capture. There are different military locations that teach SERE training and each branch of the military has its own schools. There are also different levels of SERE training. The higher levels of SERE training, which include the teaching of resistance to torture, are usually reserved for those deemed most likely to be captured by the enemy – aircrew and special forces. Some SERE training is classified. SERE training to resist torture, which is based on the torture tactics used on American prisoners by the Communist Chinese during the Korean War, was reengineered backwards by the Bush Administration to create a program of torture.