Tuesday, September 19, 2006

CIA torture techniques

At Hugh Hewitt, Dean points out the techniques at issue:
The techniques sought by the CIA are: induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for prolonged periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called "the attention grab" where a suspect's shirt is forcefully seized; the "attention slap" or open hand slapping that hurts but does not lead to physical damage; the "belly slap"; and sound and light manipulation.


Wow! And how exactly does that compare with the Hanoi Hilton, Castro's gulag, Saddam's prisons or standard AQ treatment of prisoners?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Allan said...

Perhaps you can find a few people that will force you to stay awake for 5 or 6 days straight, why not go for a week and see what happens. Perhaps they could force you to stand for 24 or 48 hours, when your ankles and feet swell to twice there size, blisters develop and you black out from pain you might have your answer.

9:01 PM, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you know, Jesus Christ wasn't tortured, he was just made to stand on a cross for a few days, nothing wrong with that. In fact, you see, nailing his hands and feet to the cross was an act of kindness because it allowed him to take a nap now and then. And I'm pretty sure he faked his death just try to sue the Romans. So, thank goodness the people we torture aren't are going to be given a chance to grandstand in some courtroom.

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It takes my breath away that people who call themselves Christians are legalizing and institionalizing torture when the most basic symbol of their faith is the cross.

I hardly know what to say to guys like Stan who rail against moral relativism and "barbarism" and then try to argue that the same tortures inflicted at, yes, the Hanoi Hilton, various gulags and even Saddam's prisons are not quite torture.

I assume it's not ignorance, Stan and Hewitt know that our torture is torture. I think it means that they are either sadists or members of a faith that's quite alien to mine, or both. Sad isn't even getting started.

8:20 PM, September 28, 2006  

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