[sixties-l] Vietnam torture

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Date: Wed May 24 2000 - 18:44:35 CUT

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    The Green Berets taught its members who were slated for duty in Vietnam in
    the 1960s how to use torture as part of an interrogation. The notorious
    Operation Phoenix, set up by the CIA to wipe out the Vietcong
    infrastructure, subjected suspects to torture such as electric shock to
    the genitals of both men and women, and the insertion into the ear of a
    six-inch dowel, which was tapped through the brain until the victim died;
    suspects were also thrown out of airborne helicopters to persuade the more
    important suspects to talk, although this should probably be categorized
    as murder of the ones thrown out, and a form of torture for those not. In
    violation of the Geneva Convention, the US turned prisoners over to their
    South Vietnamese allies in full knowledge that they would be tortured,
    American military personnel often being present during the torture.

    --From "Rogue State," by William Blum

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