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UK interrogation training manuals on detainees: ‘Get them naked,’ search foreskin

British military manuals leaked to The Guardian and used to train interrogators in techniques involving humiliation, disorientation, exhaustion and fear may violate international laws. The training manuals describe a number of interrogation techniques used to “pressure” detainees. Some of these techniques include enforced nakedness, sensory deprivation, humiliating cavity searches, and…

Mexican cartel’s founding members trained at Fort Bragg: report

The US military may have inadvertently taught one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels advanced military tactics, an al-Jazeera investigation alleges. In the early 1990s, members of an elite Mexican military squad were trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics techniques. Ironically, somewhere between 30 and 200…

Doc who ‘inspired’ torture program gets $31 million Army contract

A psychologist whose research was used in constructing the US’s program to torture terrorism suspects has been granted a $31-million no-bid Army contract to provide “resilience training” to US soldiers. Mark Benjamin at Salon.com reports that University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman’s research “formed the psychological underpinnings of the Bush…

US terror training in Yemen reflects wider program

US expands military training in Yemen, reflecting a broader counterterror program U.S. special operations forces are expanding their training of the Yemeni military as the Obama administration broadens its program to counter terrorism in countries reluctant to harbor a visible American military presence. That balancing act has become an administration…

US expects to subsidize Afghan training for years

US expects to spend billions on Afghanistan training long after drawdown of its forces The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in 2011, The Associated Press has learned. The previously…

GOP candidate: Use prisons as ‘welfare dorms’

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in “personal hygiene.” Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer popular with many tea party activists, isn’t saying…

Chinese meditation technique shown to elevate brain function

A Chinese-influenced meditation technique appears to help the brain regulate behavior after as little as 11 hours of practice, according to a study released Monday. Researchers at the University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology charted the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a technique adapted in the 1990s…

Chrysler’s ‘invisible monkey’ ad really ‘a giant finger to PETA’

There’s something about censorship that tends to make large numbers of people sympathize with the censored, almost no matter what kind of material is being shut out. That’s why it should be no surprise to the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), that their protest and…

4 killed in plane crash at Alaska military base

4 airmen killed in cargo plane crash during training run at Air Force base in Alaska. Authorities say all four airmen aboard a plane that crashed at an Air Force base in Alaska were killed. Col. John McMullen says three of the men were in the Alaska Air National Guard…

Iran gives Taliban support: leaked papers

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Iran is waging a covert campaign against US-led forces in neighboring Afghanistan by providing money, arms, training and safe haven to Taliban insurgents, according to leaked US military intelligence. Reports from Afghan spies and paid informants, described in papers published on whistleblower website Wikileaks, accuse the Iranian…

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