By Edmond Jabès
Literature/Jewish stories, tr Rosmarie Waldrop
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It was a real horror story, but we learned what human beings were capable of," he recalls. "There were some experiments on pain, but they were so mixed up with sadism as not to be useful.... " At the beginning, at least, there was cooperation between the scientists and the interrogators in the CIA. Researchers from COLD WAR ON THE MIND 23 Security (who had no special expertise but who were experienced in police work) and researchers from Scientific Intelligence (who lacked operational background but who had academic training) pored jointly over all the open literature and secret reports.
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