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CIA torturers served their country poorly
CIA torturers served their country poorly

To the editor: As a former prisoner of war, I found that an important psychological defense against bad treatment at the hands of a captor (North Korea, in my case) was to hold the captor in contempt as morally and culturally inferior to Americans and to protest beatings and torture as immoral and illegal. It may not stop brutality, but it helps the POW resist demoralization and survive. ("CIA torture report not likely to result in reforms or prosecutions," Dec. 10) That defense exists because of our country's policy of following higher standards for handling prisoners. The CIA and others who authorized and implemented the brutal treatment of prisoners, many using the war on...

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