A conservative (but anti-Bush) blogger wondered where the term ‘enhanced interrogation’ came from, a reader told him:
Well, “enhanced interrogation techniques” is a fairly decent English translation of the Gestapo euphemism “verschaerfte Vernehmung” which was the code word for torture in the Third Reich.
On investigation it was revealed-
It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court.
It was found the victims were not uniformed, the techniques at first did not include waterboarding (the Nazis were more humane than Bush) but eventually the full range were included and after the war a Norwegian court trying some torturers found all their lies and excuses were no mitigation and sentenced them to death.
the interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn’t-somehow-torture – “enhanced interrogation techniques” – is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.
This is worth noting because as I type this I am listening to Democracy Now! with interviews about psychologists who cooperate in torture and one (Dr. Nina Thomas) who still defends her role with the APA, enabling torture. So let’s just reiterate the courts finding to all the interrogators their superiors and their enablers in the media
There was no mitigation and they were sentenced to death.