Wednesday, June 23, 2004

A Boot Stamping On A Human Face

From the Seatle PI:
In a Nov. 27, 2002, memo to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon's chief lawyer, William J. Haynes II, recommended that he approve the use of 14 interrogation techniques on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, such as yelling at a detainee during questioning and the use of "stress positions," like standing, for a maximum of four hours. Haynes also recommended approval of one technique among four harsher methods requested by U.S. military authorities at Guantanamo Bay: use of "mild, non-injurious physical contact such as grabbing, poking in the chest with the finger and light pushing."

Among the techniques that Rumsfeld approved on Dec. 2, 2002, in addition to yelling and stress positions:

-Use of 20-hour interrogations.

-Removal of all comfort items, including religious items.

-Removal of clothing.

-Using detainees' "individual phobias such as fear of dogs to induce stress."

It would have been fitting if the example for the last torture method was "fear of rats" rather than fear of dogs.


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