Monday, January 10, 2005

Cheerleading torture

The BBC reports here that in argument over the nature of 'control methods' used in Abu Gharib, human pyramids and tethers are valid to control prisoners and are not methods of torture.

According to the lawyer, forcing prisoners to form human pyramids is ok, because cheerleaders do it and they are not being tortured. Surely their consent has something to do with this. Silly as they are, if cheerleaders want to climb on each other, indeed, that is not torture. They are consenting to the behaviour. Prisoners forced to climb on each other, especially when combined with the other methods of 'control' we are discovering were used at Abu Gharib, are most defintely not consenting. To forward this argument is plain silly.

Also, apparently it is ok to move prisoners around on a leash, because parents in airports do the same to their children. Oh, so this makes leashing people ok? Maybe parents who treat their children like dogs should be subject to some sort of prosecution also. What about, in American terms, cruel and unusual punishment?

The argument is completely inverted. It is not ok for parents to leash their children, nor US soldiers to leash prisoners. It is unthinkable to argue that because parents leash their kids, soliders should be able to do the same. Maybe some of the soldiers should be leashed, let's see how they like it.

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