"Shock & Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance", 1996
This military doctrine, outlined by strategists at the National Defense University, echoes CIA interrogation manuals by calling for soldiers to “seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events.” The final goal of “rendering the adversary completely impotent” is achieved through a combination of overwhelming firepower, sensory overload and sensory deprivation.
Maher Arar, “This is What They Did to Me,” November 2003
In his own words, Canadian citizen Maher Arar recounts being seized by US agents at an airport in New York and sent to Syria, where he was beaten, tortured, and forced to live in harrowing conditions for nearly a year.
Donald Rumsfeld on the Looting of Iraq, April 2003
During this press conference after the fall of Baghdad, Rumsfeld dismisses the looting of Iraq with outrageous statements like “Stuff happens!” and “The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over, and over, and over, and it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase, and you see it 20 times, and you think, ‘My goodness, were there that many vases?’”