Part-way into this fine Vanity Fair piece on the development of torture as a foreign policy tool (you'll find the start of it on the second page), you'll run into something startling - the strong Spokane connection to the torture research & development industry.
Two of the main figures involved, "James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen played a key role in developing the Air Force's sere program, which was administered in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Bryce Lefever, command psychologist on the U.S.S. Enterprise and a former sere trainer who worked with Mitchell and Jessen at the Fairchild Air Base, says he was waterboarded during his own training." (Much of the article's focus, by the way, is on how invalid most torture-obtained information is.)
Hat tip to Jack Bog's Blog, which has been following this.