Friday, April 24, 2009

Philip Zelikow, 9/11 Commission Director, talks about the Bush Torture Program

One Case before Philip Zelikow interview:
“We’re going to change your brain.” As was said to Binyan Mohamed by his torturers in Guantanamo - (HERE)
Clive Stafford Smith, attorney for Binyam Mohamed, who was tortured in several secret places and in Guantanamo, describes what was done and explains that it was about the manufacture of information, including false confessions and fingering others for prosecution or further torture. In an earlier interview with Binyam Mohamed's attorney, Clive Stafford Smith:

"Binyam explained that, between the savage beatings and the razor cuts to his penis, his torturers “would tell me what to say.” He added that even towards the end of his time in Morocco, they were still “training me what to say,” and one of them told him, “We’re going to change your brain.”


Philip Zelikow
: The Torture Program and the use of torture techniques of the "Nineteen Eighty-Four" novel by George Orwell

by Zelikow: "By 1949 George Orwell could envision the shrewdly calibrated torments that induced his protagonist in “1984” to love Big Brother. Such methods worked all too well, Orwell feared. The United States experimented in the 1950s and 1960s with novel ways of extracting information. But, until 2002, it never considered the kind of systematic and truly Orwellian C.I.A. program that has now been revealed. " (article HERE)

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” - Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell