"The issue isn't whether we are the same as the Nazis. The issue is, we aren't different enough"
--Israeli historian Avi Schlaim
In this case, it's not the Nazis, but the Khymer Rouge.
David Corn posted these pictures from photographer and writer Jonah Blank. Blank explains in an e-mail the significance of the pictures.
The similarity between practices used by the Khymer Rouge and those currently being debated by Congress isn't a coincidence. As has been amply documented ("The New Yorker" had an excellent piece, and there have been others), many of the "enhanced techniques" came to the CIA and military interrogators via the SERE [Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape] schools, where US military personnel are trained to resist torture if they are captured by the enemy. The specific types of abuse they're taught to withstand are those that were used by our Cold War adversaries. Why is this relevant to the current debate? Because the torture techniques of North Korea, North Vietnam, the Soviet Union and its proxies--the states where US military personnel might have faced torture--were NOT designed to elicit truthful information. These techniques were designed to elicit CONFESSIONS. That's what the Khymer Rouge et al were after with their waterboarding, not truthful information.
This is what the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress and a handful of feckless Democrats, led by John McCain, just enacted in the Bush/McCain Pro-Torture Bill.