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” Enhanced Interrogations” Term Coined in 1937 By The Gestapo

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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.











, Vann Nath, at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum  IMAGE FROM WIKIPEDIA

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