The international Committee of the Red Cross made a report of the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Feburary 2007. It said, "prisoners are subject to torture and/or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
They described the treatment included suffocation by water,prolonged stress positions, which involved standing, "naked, held with arms extended and chained above the head" for up to three days: while hung from the ceiling, toilet access was sometimes denied, forcing prisoners to urinate and defecated on themselves; collars were held around detainees necks and used to forcefully bang their heads against the wall. Inmates were confined to coffin like boxes; routinely deprived of sleep for days at a time; and told their family members would be beaten or killed.
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An 18 month investigation done by McClatchy newspaper, said this was "systematic" and "routine" conduct.
All I know it that when i teach exercise classes, people can barely hold their arms above their heads for three minutes. They make all sorts of faces and complain how it hurts. But the above is not torture cause it is being done to someone else.
I see this pattern reoccurring all the time in this country. Americans have very little capacity to empathize with others. But the most foul thing is that if you condone torture, you are in essences saying that you are yours is worth most than the family of someone else.
The argument goes, that they were trying to kill us, ironically this has not even been proven.
I know that if someone was doing this sort of stuff to me,I would confess to, or name names, or make up stories on the spot, especially if I was told they would kill my son.
This, nightmare we visited on these people will come back to bite us on the ass. So, I don't want to hear about how barbaric such and such a country is for doing this and that to one of ours. Hopefully it won't be anyone we know.