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Tuesday, April 8

New Low: Drugging Detainees

From Center for American Progress Action Fund I noticed this tidbit of news amid more shocking stories of prisoner abuse:

DRUGGING DETAINEES?: In October 2006, lawyers for Jose Padilla, who was found guilty in 2007 of supporting terrorism overseas, claimed in court papers that U.S. authorities gave him "drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations." Rather than directly denying Padilla's claim, the Defense Department simply claimed that it does not torture and "it has always been our policy to treat all detainees humanely." Now, the release of Yoo's 2003 memo lends support to allegations that the United States may have drugged detainees. In the memo, "Yoo advised top Bush administration officials that interrogators could employ mind-altering drugs if they did not produce 'an extreme effect' calculated to 'cause a profound disruption of the senses or personality.'" Jeffrey Kaye, a clinical psychologist who works with torture victims at Survivors International in San Francisco, told CQ's Jeff Stein that he believes such drugs "have been used." "I came across some evidence that they were using mind-altering drugs, to regress the prisoners, to ascertain if they were using deception techniques, to break them down," said Kaye.
Seriously. How can you use confessions that were given while under the influence of LSD or PCP? It's really quite suspicious when you think about it. It's almost like a giant conspiracy to cover something up. And furthermore, what about the innocent people that are interrogated and get fucked up on drugs? Do we as a nation not care? It really goes to show that we shouldn't elect anyone who wants a job in government policy. How can you possibly get honest people with integrity to want to run for office the way it's done today? You have to be a wheeler dealer who talks out of both sides of your mouth or you just can't get very far, can you?

Ya know something? I've been watching that John Adams series on HBO lately and I'm pretty disgusted at how we've turned out as a country. And I've been thinking that I'd like the men who declare war to actually fight in it. That's so "manly" isn't it? I'm sure when the Second American Revolution comes, it will be fought and led by those on the battle field.

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