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    jpmassar

    Were you mentally ill and in prison when sprayed with pepper spray because you refused to take medication?  It doesn't sound as if you experienced the same conditions as I specified in my comment, you did this as part of your job training.  Nor does it appear that the pepper spray continued for so long that the floor of your prison cell (or whatever location where your training occurred) became too slick to stand upon.

    While I appreciate your willingness to expose yourself to this form of torture as part of your training in the armed forces, I don't think your experience is the equivalent of a mentally ill and confused individual being tortured with the level of pepper spray attacks that the diarist indicated occurred.  You were prepared and understood what would be done to you.  The mentally ill individual described above did not, nor did the use of pepper spray in that instance make that individual less confused about what his torturers wanted him to do.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 11:10:52 AM PDT

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    •  No I was not and no mentally ill person (2+ / 0-)
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      FarWestGirl, jpmassar

      should be thrown in prison cell to begin with. If they are so afflicted by their condtion that locking them up would not be safe or properly rehabilitating then they should not be there to begin with.

      I did not mean for my comment above to be seen as an excuse but rather a description of the agony. I meant my response to only address the level of pain fealt as a direct result of the amount of spray used. After the burn begins the pain plateaus.

      The additional stressors belonging to the mentally ill I could never begin to understand fully.

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