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  • n. The condition of forcibly (by someone else, or by a sleep disorder) being kept awake, to the point of noticeably lower alertness. A dangerous amount of sleep deprivation can cause fatal vehicular accidents.

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  • n. a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep


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  • "The memos revealed by Mr Obama approved techniques including simulated drowning, week-long sleep deprivation, forced nudity, and the use of painful positions.
    Mr Obama on Thursday said he would not prosecute under anti-torture laws CIA personnel who relied in good faith on Bush administration legal opinions issued after the 11 September attacks."
    - CIA torture exemption 'illegal', BBC website, 19 April 2009.

    April 19, 2009