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  •  I said done within responsible guidline (0+ / 0-)

    that means you don't leave a prisoner in a dark cold room with no way to hear for a month and then shine bright lights in their eyes and blast loud music into their cell.

    The idea is to weed out actual terrorist from people who are just sitting in Guantanamo because people wanted to cash in. Interrogation techniques used by the military are not intended to be used on civilians.

    Prolonged isolation is torture because it is a form of neglect. However temporary isolation for noncompliance could only be called torture if done in an extremely harsh way.

    Let me state that I think we should follow all guidelines regarding torture based on treaties the US has signed. If anything their should be a New treaty dealing with the nature of stateless enemy combatants. To which we should comply. However under current international law solitary confinement doesn't violate any of those treaties unless done to the extreme or coupled with other forms of interrogation.

    •  What you describe in your first paragraph (3+ / 0-)
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      conchita, bigchin, Chacounne

      is precisely what the AFM proposes for certain prisoners. So then, you are, or are not, for the techniques in Appendix M?

      War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade Invictus

      by Valtin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 04:35:53 PM PST

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