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When Insanity Attacks

OK... here's a little test for you. Read this paragraph and then tell me what country this seems to describe:

On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold...On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

This is an FBI report from July 2004, describing one FBI agent's experience in Guantanamo Bay.

Now people are getting attacked for pointing out that maybe, just maybe, this sounds a tiny little bit like a Soviet or Nazi prison camp, and the Republicans go absolutely ballistic.

What's wrong with these people? Do they really want to argue that this is the American Way? That this is completely OK and that a country should be allowed to behave like that?

And since when is "not as bad as the Nazis" an acceptable description of the United States?

The Republicans in the US Congress seem to have absolutely no problem with the above behaviour. They clearly have lost all decency and humanity.

Shame on them.

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