September 18, 2006


Revealed: the tough interrogation techniques the CIA wants to use (Ed Pilkington in New York and Clare Dyer, September 18, 2006, The Guardian)

Details emerged yesterday about the seven interrogation techniques the CIA is seeking to be allowed to apply to terror suspects. Newsweek magazine reported that a New York lawyer, Scott Horton, who has acted as an adviser to the US senate on interrogation methods, had acquired a list of the techniques. The details were corroborated by information obtained by the charity Human Rights Watch.

The techniques sought by the CIA are: induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for prolonged periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called "the attention grab" where a suspect's shirt is forcefully seized; the "attention slap" or open hand slapping that hurts but does not lead to physical damage; the "belly slap"; and sound and light manipulation.

What next? Indian sunburns?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2006 9:27 PM

I hear the missed dessert and no Arabic TV torture has been the cruelest, but most effective, yet.

Posted by: Mike at September 18, 2006 9:59 PM

Teletubbies. On infinite loop, 24/7. That'll break anyone.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 18, 2006 10:08 PM

Sorry, the President and Allan Dershowitz are both wrong about this. There is no legal way to mistreat prisoners. If is necessary, it is necessary. In no wise may it take place in the light of day.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 18, 2006 10:27 PM

Wedgies. Marathon sessions of "The View".
Any Deuce Bigelow movie.
The Michael Irvin segments on "ESPN Monday Night Countdown"
"Head On. Apply directly to the forehead. Head On. Apply directly to the forehead. Head On. Apply directly to the forehead..."

Posted by: John at September 18, 2006 10:29 PM

Don't forget Wet Willies and the dreaded Rear Admiral.

And who said anything about "mistreament"? This is barely "maltreatment".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 18, 2006 11:54 PM

"NOT the comfy chair!"

Posted by: Bruno at September 19, 2006 12:03 AM

Hurts donut?

Atomic wedgie?

Pink belly?

"Yes, officer, I know precisely where these outrages are occurring: In plain sight down at 19th and Elmwood, in front of the elementary school. I can take you there, if you'd like."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 19, 2006 12:19 AM

If the CIA was worth it's salt, they would have included some of these silly examples to deflate the whole thing. Imagine if one of the techniques was something that school kids and siblings have been doing to each other for decades?

Posted by: RC at September 19, 2006 4:41 AM

Let's be humane about this and show Veggie Tale videos 24/7!

Posted by: Dave W at September 19, 2006 12:07 PM

Precisely the same stuff meted out at the Air Force's POW portion of survival school.

Unpleasant? Heck yes. Tortore? No way.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 19, 2006 2:25 PM

Prospects for passage of the bill would improve significantly if Jeff Sessions gave Lindsay Graham a wedgie on the floor of the Senate.

Posted by: ratbert at September 19, 2006 7:25 PM