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On the BBC last night, Chris Arendt, a former military guard at one of the Guantánamo camps, detailed the routine torture of prisoners that occured there, including the “Frequent Flyer” program designed to prevent prisoners from sleeping for periods of up to thirty days. The practices he identifies are not disputed by the Bush Administration, although the label he affixes to them–“torture”—is. These practices are described as “torture” by the United States when done by other governments, but when they’re carried out by the United States they’re an “authorized human intelligence gathering technique.” They’re also a prosecutable felony.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Number of members in the Hillary Rodham Clinton fan club in Bombay, India:
The Indian government planned to lower the country’s birthrate by increasing access to nighttime television.
Doctors in Mumbai fed a 30-year-old man 60 bananas to induce the excretion of a stolen gold necklace valued at $995.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”