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By tigtog on August 9, 2012
… under such duress, people confessed at length and in great detail to the fantastic and impossible, often also indicting others, in a spreading, spiraling cascade of fantasies. Remember also that terror regimes the world over use it delightedly to terrify and suppress dissidents within their populations. [...] And they can do this only in an environment in which there are people naive enough to believe the absurd perjuries concocted under such conditions.
Don’t be one of those people.
By tigtog on November 17, 2010
This settlement allows the government to kick the formal inquiry about government complicity in maltreatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a judicial review, of which the most obvious benefit is that secret papers from the intelligence services will not be subpoenaed to be presented in an open court.
By Lauredhel on December 11, 2008
…. if I so much as watched the baby-swinging video. (Please don’t post any direct links to the material here.) In a statement, Queensland Police said the term “child-abuse material” even extended to clips in which a child “appears” to be a victim of cruelty. [...] Queensland Police said it was a crime “to participate [...]
By tigtog on July 21, 2008
Story: British MP’s raise torture concerns So some politicians have finally noticed that when one group of people define torture so that it includes waterboarding and another group defines torture so that it excludes waterboarding, then the word torture itself becomes stripped of substance in terms of the debate over the ethical and humane treatment [...]
By tigtog on July 4, 2008
Christopher Hitchens actually had himself waterboarded by the US Military to see whether it felt like torture to him. It did. via Pharyngula, who has links to video. Related posts: Torture was central to both the witch scares and the Inquisition Katha Pollitt: Hitchens and his writing on Women Secular Sunday: Christopher Hitchens v. evangelical [...]
By tigtog on June 19, 2008
Helen on the Balcony says all that needs to be said. Related posts: Latest from WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder United Nations: Elder’s heatstroke death in police van possible torture or inhuman punishment The Queensland Police say I’d be a crim… Torture couture from Galliano Prosecutor in Queensland rape case has resigned