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  •  Coercion (2+ / 0-)
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    Valtin, blueness

    It appears that all the techniques mentioned in the manual have simply been abandoned in the prison camp at Guantanamo.  Sadism is no way to induce cooperation.

    •  They are using Guantanamo as a laboratory (3+ / 0-)
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      April Follies, x, blueness

      Using human subjects/detainees, just like the Nazi experimenters did. However, the core of their torture program remains tied to the CIA paradigm of sensory deprivation, inducement of fear, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and derangement of the senses (use of drugs, hypnosis, threat, etc.)

      See the excellent article by Douglas Valentine, What the World Should Know About Guantanamo:

      As an attorney for several detainees, Ratner, however, has heard first hand accounts of what goes on inside Guantanamo, and what he describes "is like Dante's ninth circle of hell."

      Sleep derivation is a favorite form of "stress and duress," the designated euphemism for torture at Guantanamo. Old-fashioned beatings are routine. Shackling people to the floor of an interrogation room for hours and making them lie in their excrement is an easy and effective way of telling someone, "You're not worth shit." (It also has the side of effect of making their tormentors hate them even more.)

      Making people kneel for hours has the dual effect of causing Muslims pain when it's time to pray. Then again, as we know from reading the newspapers and watching TV, defaming Islam is de rigueur in America nowadays.

      Making detainees stand for hours in the hot sun is another favorite technique....

      Sleep deprivation, forced positions, threats -- sounds like the basic CIA modus operandi to me, as elaborated in the diary above.

      Never In Our Names

      "The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

      by Valtin on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 05:12:23 PM PST

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