Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Operation Sandman": More Sleep Deprivation Torture

The post "More U.S. Adventures with "The Dark Side" below mentions the "frequent flyer" sleep deprivation technique endured by Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. Today's New York Times focuses on this "softening up" method as it was applied to Guantanamo prisoner Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden. In Hamdam's case, the cute euphemism for sleep deprivation wasn't "frequent flyer," but "Operation Sandman." Hamdam's lawyers stated that prosecutors indicated that he remained in the program for 50 days. Joseph M. McMillan, one of Hamdam's attorneys, termed such an experience "torture." The article states that "It was the latest in a series of recent accusations about the use of sleep disruption in the past at the detention camp here."

Also most disturbing, "A May report by the Justice Department inspector general said American military interrogators appeared to have collaborated with visiting Chinese officials at Guantanamo Bay to disrupt the sleep of Chinese Uighur detainees, waking them every 15 minutes the night before their interviews by the Chinese."

Tibet, Tiananmen Square, the jailing of dissidents: the Chinese human rights record is abysmal. Yet how far has America strayed from its ideals of justice when it is collaborating with the Chinese in the abuse of prisoners?

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