Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The unforgiving minute

Well, let's just say this: If America is going to have state-sanctioned sadism, then then you can rest assured it's going be efficient state-sanctioned sadism. 'Cause that's how we do things around here, Jack.

Not this:
Oh, don't worry. I'm not going into that cavity. That nerve's already dying. A live, freshly-cut nerve is infinitely more sensitive. So I'll just drill into a healthy tooth until I reach the pulp. That is unless, of course, you can tell me that it's safe.
- Dr. Christian Szell, Marathon Man (1976)

Waterboarding is slow motion suffocation with enough time to contemplate the inevitability of black out and expiration –usually the person goes into hysterics on the board. For the uninitiated, it is horrifying to watch and if it goes wrong, it can lead straight to terminal hypoxia. When done right it is controlled death. Its lack of physical scarring allows the victim to recover and be threaten with its use again and again.
- Counterterrorism consultant Malcolm W.
Nance, smallwarsjournal.com (2007)

And the good news is, the man who appears an inevitability to be our next Attorney General evidently--although we can't be 100% certain--thinks this sort controlled drowning is legal if a Republican president authorizes it.

America: Our inquisitors don't leave marks.TM

Minute's up.

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