Monday, February 28, 2005

People in Glass Houses

The Washington Post reports on the State Department's annual human rights report. The reportr criticized varioius Arab countries and North Korea "for a range of interrogation practices it labeled as torture, including sleep deprivation for detainees, confining prisoners in contorted positions, stripping and blindfolding them and threatening them with dogs."

The article also notes that these methods are "similar to those approved at times by the Bush administration for use on detainees in U.S. custody."

Donald Rumsfled is specifically noted to be responsible for many of these actions:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved in December 2002 a number of severe measures, including the stripping of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and using dogs to frighten them. He later rescinded those tactics and signed off on a shorter list of "exceptional techniques," including 20-hour interrogations, face slapping, stripping detainees to create "a feeling of helplessness and dependence," and using dogs to increase anxiety.


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