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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.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”