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  • "Is the United States torturing prisoners? Three inmates have died in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, and reportedly eighteen prisoners at Guantánamo have attempted suicide; one prisoner there survived after hanging himself but remains unconscious and is not expected to revive. Shah Muhammad, a twenty-year-old Pakistani who was held at Camp X-Ray for eighteen months, told me that he repeatedly tried to kill himself in despair. 'They were driving me crazy,' he said. Public comments by Administration officials have fueled further suspicion. An unnamed intelligence official told The Wall Street Journal, 'What's needed is a little bit of smacky-face. Some al-Qaeda just need some extra encouragement.'"
    - Mark Bowden, The Dark Art of Interrogation, Atlantic Magazine, Oct 2003.

    September 8, 2011