Duct tape diapers, or naked from the waist down and freezing to death in a cell.

By Charles P. Pierce
Jun 15, 2016
Esquire Magazine

If little faults proceeding on distemper
Shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye
When capital crimes, chewed, swallowed, and digested,
Appear before us?

—Henry V, Act I, Scene 2

Sooner or later, we’re going to have to talk seriously about the atrocities committed in our name by elements of the United States government, and about the subsequent cover-up of those atrocities by elements of said United States government, only some of which were the same elements of said United States government who committed those atrocities.

This would be an interesting topic for debate in, say, a presidential campaign. At least the American Civil Liberties Union is going to keep shoving until somebody notices.

“These newly declassified records add new detail to the public record of the CIA’s torture program and underscore the cruelty of the methods the agency used in its secret, overseas black sites,” said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director. “It bears emphasis that these records document grave crimes for which no senior official has been held accountable.” The documents include new records about the death of Gul Rahman, who died at a CIA secret prison in Afghanistan in 2002. The CIA “Death Report” on Rahman released today details the horrific conditions he was subjected to:

“Often, prisoners who possess significant or imminent threat information are stripped to their diapers during interrogation and placed back into their cells wearing only diapers. This is done solely to humiliate the prisoner for interrogation purposes. When the prisoner soils a diaper, they are changed by the guards. Sometimes the guards run out of diapers and the prisoners are placed back in their cells in a handcrafted diaper secured by duct tape. If the guards don’t have any available diapers, the prisoners are rendered to their cell nude.

“Rahman froze to death in his cell, naked from the waist down. The ACLU represents Rahman’s family in a lawsuit against the two CIA-contracted psychologists who designed and implemented the torture program, James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen.

These two guys are the first ones.

Squeeze them until their eyeballs bleed, or until they give up everything they did and everybody else who directed them and covered up their actions, whichever comes first. (If you need a reason beyond simple humanity, then explain in detail how these two guys betrayed their profession.) I mean, it’s not like these people didn’t know what they were doing is wrong.

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