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Total Incarceration

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Total Incarceration

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In American prisons scattered across the various countries of the world, but outside the United States, prisoners are regularly raped, hung from hooks, subjected to waterboarding, burned, attached to electrodes, deprived of food, water or medicine, attacked by dogs, or beaten until their bones are broken. When on American military bases or on American territory, they are subjected to sensory deprivation or other systematic mistreatment of the senses. A hat is put on them to stop them from hearing anything, a hood to stop them seeing anything, surgical masks to prevent them being able to smell, thick gloves to neutralize their sense of touch. Or they have “white noise” inflicted on them, or else violent noise and total silence alternate at irregular intervals. They are prevented from sleeping, either by having a strong electric light kept on day and night, or by subjecting them to interrogation that can last for up to 24 hours at a time, for 48 days in succession. Or they are forced to pass from extreme cold to extreme heat, and vice versa. None of these techniques, it is alleged, cause the “deterioration of bodily functions” that would constitute torture.

Tzvetan Todorov, The Fear of Barbarians

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Anonymously

We certainly abuse prisoners in the US, so I don't see how this post "slanders an entire nation of people." I would, however, like to see sources.

The claim, "interrogation that can last for up to 24 hours at a time, for 48 days in succession" seems rather extraordinary from a human resources perspective. That would require a full-time staff to cover days, nights and weekends, for a month and a half - for just one prisoner.

Ilmati

Where do you live? On Mars, or in a rat hole?
Do you not watch TV, or read news paper.
A bloody apologist from USI.
Be ashamed for your ignorance, or dishonesty, or both.

Anonymously

>>Where do you live? On Mars, or in a rat hole? ... Be ashamed for your ignorance, or dishonesty, or both.<<

I can assure you it's not dishonesty. I'm a U.S. citizen and I don't watch TV so as to minimize the influence of our prolific propaganda machine. Our media doesn't accurately portray prison conditions anyway - so I acknowledge that I may be significantly ignorant on this subject.

For the record, I'm not denying the claims of the original blog post. Given my understanding of U.S. history and our contemporary policies, it certainly seems plausible.

I am genuinely interested in learning more about domestic and international prison conditions, which is why I asked for sources. Insults will not change my understanding - strong evidence and valid logic will.

mama

The comments should remain courteous and to the point.
No name calling please.
America's record of treatment of prisoners is known to be criminal, and there are others who are worst.
But they do not claim leadership of the world and America does.
American claims are always immoral and absurd

greg_2

"A criminal nation"? What, are you insane?

http://www.businessinsurance.org/prison-industry/

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_pri_per_cap-crime-prisoners-per-capita

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

Anonynony

Moshe

you want citations for a two-paragraph rant?

your feigned intellectualism almost overshadows your laziness - you've never heard of a "search engine," either?

just in case i'm wrong, and you are not a lazy, stupid paytroll, you can find names, dates, and photos of prisoner abuse, rape, murder, etc., through this link:

Complete Guide to the Abu Ghraib Photos and Torture Scandal
Origins, History, Facts, Debates, Outcomes and Photo Galleries.

http://middleeast.about.com/od/iraq/tp/abu-ghraib-complete-guide.htm

i'm sure you could find many documents with all the details you could ever desire by searching through the many, many files wikileaks has archived on their websites. happy huntin!

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