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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday January 02, 2005
07:41 PM

Strappado, M'Lud

[ #22537 ]
Dear Log,

«'On Planet Bin Laden, they look first at your nationality. Had we been British - or from another coalition country - we would have been decapitated within days.'»

--"'If I had been British, I'd be dead' "

Meanwhile, in memory of that old chestnut from 2001, "they hate us because we're free"...

«A British detainee at Guantanamo Bay has told his lawyer he was tortured using the 'strappado', a technique common in Latin American dictatorships in which a prisoner is left suspended from a bar with handcuffs until they cut deeply into his wrists.

The reason, the prisoner says, was that he was caught reciting the Koran at a time when talking was banned.

[...] Under the rules the United States military has imposed for defence lawyers who visit Guantanamo, Stafford Smith [his attourney] has not been allowed to keep his notes of meetings with prisoners, and will not be able to read them again until they have been examined and de-classified by a government censor.

He cannot disclose in public anything the men have told him until it too has been been de-classified, on pain of likely imprisonment in the US.»

--" Guantanamo Briton 'in handcuff torture'"

So... what does one wear to a kangaroo court? A funny robe? Clown shoes and a ballgag?