Monday, December 17, 2007

Inside a secret CIA prison camp
From LRC

That reminds me: at Bookhaven yesterday (where I found out Holly the wonderful shop cat has arthritis, poor dear) I found a book called Extreme Justice about German POWs in Oklahoma in 1943 who beat and kicked a suspected informant to death (much like the plot of Stalag 17 with the sides switched) and how Sgt Walter Beyer (not a Nazi), who was partially guilty for starting the beating but tried to stop the killing, may have been scapegoated (he was hanged at Leavenworth) thanks to anti-German sentiment inflamed by the discovery of the extent of the Holocaust. As has been reported earlier the Americans at the time didn’t torture prisoners to get military secrets.

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