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人心最黑暗的角落

(2006-12-31 08:35:43)
这篇文章是有关美国政府对待所谓恐怖主义嫌疑人的一种非人道办法:全面感觉剥夺(total sensory deprivation)。主要谈的是美国公民以及“恐怖主义嫌疑犯”Jose Padilla。Padilla已经被关了三年的时间,但政府没有提供任何有关他的所谓犯罪的证据--这严重违反了美国宪法。这是一个非常重要的案件。你们如果需要更多有关Padilla案件的背景,我可以帮你们找材料或写一个简单的说明。

作者George Monbiot是一位值得注意的左翼评论家,英国的Guardian报经常载他的文章。


http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2006/12/12/1035/#more-1035

The Darkest Corner of the Mind

US interrogators have devised a new form of torture. It debases the democracy they claim to be defending.
by George Monbiot
Published in the Guardian (December 12 2006)

After thousands of years of practice, you might have imagined that every possible means of inflicting pain had already been devised. But you should never underestimate the human capacity for invention. United States interrogators, we now discover, have found a new way of destroying a human being.Last week, defence lawyers acting for Jose Padilla, a US citizen detained as an "enemy combatant", released a video showing a mission fraught with deadly risk - taking him to the prison
dentist. A group of masked guards in riot gear shackled his legs and hands, blindfolded him with black-out goggles and shut off his hearing
with headphones, then marched him down the prison corridor {1}.

Is Padilla really that dangerous? Far from it: his warders describe him as so docile and inactive that he could be mistaken for "a piece of furniture". The purpose of these measures appeared to be to sustain the regime under which he had lived for over three years: total sensory
deprivation. He had been kept in a blacked-out cell, unable to see or hear anything beyond it. Most importantly, he had no human contact,
except for being bounced off the walls from time to time by his interrogators. As a result, he appears to have lost his mind. I don't
mean this metaphorically. I mean that his mind is no longer there.

下面看:
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2006/12/12/1035/#more-1035

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