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Excerpt below, from Democratic Underground Website concerning the origins of the oft used term “Enhanced Interrogations”,
Reminder: “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” was originally a term coined by the Gestapo
Edited on Fri May-15-09 10:41 AM by kpete
“Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” was originally a term coined by the (wait for it) Gestapo. Something to consider when you hear someone (typically a Republican politician) using that term as a substitute for torture.
The phrase “Verschärfte Vernehmung” is German for “enhanced interrogation”. Other translations include “intensified interrogation” or “sharpened interrogation”. It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court.
From Democratic Underground Website www.democraticunderground.com
I don’t think that anyone should be comfortable with using the term ” Enhanced Interrogations” as it is a term previously used by the Gestapo (under the Nazi Regime) to refer to techniques of interrogation that were a form of torture – BUT, “that would leave no marks”.
It is important to listen to history and learn the lessons.