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By: Editor | December 31, 2017

THE harrowing realities of Iran's torture prisons have been revealed in a new museum that uses dummies to recreate brutal interrogation techniques.

The grisly displays reveal the horrors suffered by prisoners of the brutal security service SAVAK, which tortured and killed thousands of the Shah's opponents before the 1979 revolution.

A mutilated wax dummy lies strapped to a bed frame at the prison turned museum

SAVAK, created with the assistance of the CIA, had as many as 60,000 agents in its ranks and some 8,500 prisoners passed through its "House of Detention".

Many of the dummies are trapped in solitary confinement in dark cells showing the marks of extreme violence.

Other more gruesome displays show mutilated prisoners hanging from bars, strung up above the floor or tied to iron bed frames.

One particularly di...

By: Editor | December 29, 2017

In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama signed executive ordersclosing this country’s secret prisons overseas, banning torture and authorizing an end to the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Obviously, Mr. Obama didn’t fully get his way. Guantánamo, though reduced to a few dozen prisoners, is still operating. And the current president has expressed full faith in the harsh methods described euphemistically as enhanced interrogation techniques. “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Donald Trump insisted during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Standing behind Mr. Obama as he signed those orders on Jan. 22, 2009, were 16 retired generals and admirals who had his back, figuratively as well as literally. They were ...