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SERE school speaks out after Senate releases torture report

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Fairchild's SERE School has about 6,000 students every year and staffs about 500 people. Fairchild's SERE School has about 6,000 students every year and staffs about 500 people.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Fairchild Air Force Base SERE School has now spoken out since the Senate released its report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques.

SERE gives military members skills on how to survive being captured by enemy forces.

That includes learning how to find water in isolation, how to signal for rescue, and how to get medicine in the wilderness.

Fairchild's SERE School has about 6,000 students every year and staffs about 500 people.

The school employs between 10 to 12 psychologists to help soldiers cope with their training.

The two CIA contractors mentioned in the Senate report, James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen, are psychologists and worked at the SERE school in the 1980s.

Mitchell and Jessen's experience at SERE helped them identify which torture techniques were most effective.

The CIA then commissioned Mitchell and Jessen, and the CIA used these tactics on terrorism suspects.

SERE officials said very little about these two men and their role at SERE.

"Obviously with the release of the report and a lot of mention of the U.S. Air Force survival school we felt it was important to set the record straight and show that we have nothing to do with the activities of those folks. And we actually have no comment," said Col. Jon Duncan, SERE Commander.

For more information on Fairchild's SERE program click here: http://www.fairchild.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3771

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