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An article from the NSA's internal newsletter SID Today details how Marines brought in laptops, CDs, phones and hard drives belonging to detainees.The previously-secret document was written by an NSA volunteer working for the Iraq Survey Group, a joint CIA-DIA mission in Baghdad.In the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq the CIA's Iraq Operations group plotted to create a fake gay sex tape featuring a Saddam Hussein lookalike with the intent of "flooding Iraq with the videos" to undermine the then Iraqi leader in the eyes of his supporters.The plan was abandoned because the CIA officers judged it would be ineffective.The 1950s appear to have been a time when the CIA put a tremendous amount of energy into perfecting the science of torture.The CIA conducted covert experiments, at times on unsuspecting Americans, using LSD in the search of a “truth serum” [source: The New York Times].The Combined Media Processing Center, which the NSA volunteer ran for four months, was supposed to be looking for "evidence of crimes, primarily relating to weapons of mass destruction and insurgency" but what they found were the "three big P's — porn, propaganda, and prayers." In particular, the pornography was used to confront and shame prisoners, with the article noting how: One of our "customers," the 5th Special Forces, said that the porn was extremely useful in breaking down the detainees who maintained that they were devout Muslims, but had porn on their computers.This is not the first time that US intelligence has used pornography for psychological warfare purposes.

In 1963, the Agency created the KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation manual.

The CIA found that the best methods for extracting information from detainees come not through the infliction of physical pain or torture, but through psychological torture.

Although the brand of torture the CIA devised through more than a decade of trial and error may not inflict physical pain, it can still do some real damage.

Practices like starvation, keeping inmates in small, windowless cells with unchanging artificial light and forcing inmates to sit or stand in uncomfortable positions (stress positions) for long periods of time have been decried or banned outright by the United States government.

Yet these techniques are part of the regimen prescribed by KUBARK.

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