DoD SERE Pre-Academic Laboratory (PREAL) Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Manual

The following manual was recently released by the Department of Defense.  The manual was produced by the DoD’s Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) and used by instructors in the JPRA’s Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) courses to train participants for the potential experience of detention.  According to Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye of Truthout, the manual was reportedly consulted during high-level discussions in the Bush administration regarding potential “enhanced interrogation techniques.”  Several techniques described in the manual are mentioned in a series of controversial memos commonly referred  to as the “Torture memos” authored by Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel attorney John Yoo.


  • 36 pages
  • May 7, 2002



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