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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
From the June 2014 issue
Number of countries thought to possess chemical weapons:
Placebos are more effective if the drugs for which they stand in are said to be more expensive.
In Torrance, California, an African grey parrot named Nigel, who once spoke English with a British accent and had returned home after a four-year absence, began asking for someone named “Larry” and speaking Spanish.
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