Friday, December 09, 2005

Torture in the United Kingdom

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CIA torture technique, as referred to in 'a classified CIA Inspector General's report':
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1322866&page=1

Water Boarding: The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him.

Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.

"The person believes they are being killed, and as such, it really amounts to a mock execution, which is illegal under international law," said John Sifton of Human Rights Watch.

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In the United Kingdom, the number of scientific experiments on animals rose by 63,000 last year to just over 2.85m, according to data released by the Home Office yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,1663418,00.html

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From The Guardian 8 May 2004, http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1212197,00.html

The sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was not an invention of maverick guards, but part of a system of ill-treatment and degradation used by special forces soldiers...

One former British special forces officer ... said British and US military intelligence soldiers were trained in these techniques, which were taught at the joint services interrogation centre in Ashford, Kent, now transferred to the former US base at Chicksands.

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