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    has some things (sorry - no link) up on the MSNBC site regarding torture. Two reports. In one, there is an account of why the August 2002 memo was written. It was done at CIA request. Apparently, the FBI was originally in charge of questioning al-Qaida prisoners, but the CIA (and associates in the Army) wanted the task. The FBI and military CID had experience in interrogation. The CIA and military intelligence didn't. When the suspects began to resist, the CIA asked for the authority to torture them, essentially. When the authority was extended by the White House, the CIA was then faced with the difficulty of exactly how one does that sort of thing. One model tossed up was that used to "torture" members of our own Special Forces in prisoner-of-war training sessions. These methods were widely known within the US Army, and could therefore be applied by intelligence officers. Once used against al-Qaida members in Afghanistan and Guantanamo, when the door to torture was opened in Iraq, it spread like a Sasser worm.

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