The pre-emptive invasion of Iraq began in March 2003. In April 2003, the Bush administration had two big problems: 1. They still had made no connection between Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaeda (and they desperately needed a connection to be true as they were trying to justify a pre-emptive attack), and 2. They still couldn't locate any WMD (and, again, they needed a WMD-Iraq connection because the president had given this as a reason for the invasion) According to (then) President George W. Bush, the reasons for the invasion were "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and to end Saddam Hussein's support of terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people." The SERE Program (which stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) is a program that provides military personal, Department of Defense civilians and contractors with training in evading capture and survival skills. It was established by the Air Force at the end of the Korean War, and during the Vietnam War, the Army and the Navy were also using the SERE program. SERE teaches you how to survive and evade enemies: emergency first aid, woodcraft, land navigation, camouflage techniques, how to make improvised tools. Servicemen are also taught how to resist torture, such as waterboarding (yes, when other countries waterboard us, it's called torture). A March, 2005 document confirms that SERE instructors had been teaching their methods to CIA interrogators of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. ---------------------- The website The Daily Beast is running a breaking story that in April 2003, "U.S. forces captured an Iraqi who Bush White House officials suspected might provide information of a relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Husseins regime. Muhammed Khudayr al-Dulaymi was the head of the M-14 section of Mukhabarat, one of Saddams secret police organizations. His responsibilities included chemical weapons and contacts with terrorist groups." Two senior U.S. intelligence officials at the time tell the Daily Beast that the suggestion to waterboard an Iraqi prisoner came from the Office of Vice President Cheney. Cheney's Role Deepens - Page 1 - The Daily Beast It's interesting to note that the waterboarding techniques that the SERE instructors were teaching to the CIA interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were historically used to OBTAIN CONFESSIONS, not to obtain intelligence. By April 2003, Bush and Cheney desperately needed confessions, not intel, to justify their pre-emptive invasion.