By: Mir M.Hosseini
Amnesty International, the widely respected human rights organization headquartered in London, estimates that in the last decade torture has been officially practiced in 60 countries; last year alone there were more than 40 violating states. From Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to Guinea, Uganda, Spain, Iran and the Soviet Union, torture has become a common instrument of state policy practiced against almost anyone ruling cliques see as a threat to their power.
Iran's notorious intelligence service organization SAVAK operated from 1957 to 1979, when the Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown. SAVAK has been described as Iran's most hated and feared institution prior to the revolution of 1979 because of its practice of torturing and executing opponents of the Pahlavi regime.
A CIA Iran analyst in an interview on Jan, 6, 1979 stated that the CIA taught Nazi torture techniques to SAVAK. Some of SAVAK torture methods included: electric shock, whipping, beating, inserting broken glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, tying weights to the testicles, and extraction of teeth and nails.
Unfortunately, the inhumane practice has continued after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.