Stress Positions

A reader writes:

The first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry on Strappado:

Strappado is a form of torture in which a victim is suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to his hands which are tied behind his back, in which the arms are most likely dislocated. Weights may be added to the body. Other names for strappado include reverse hanging and Palestinian hanging. It is best known for its use in the Medieval Inquisition and has since been used by the governments of Turkey, Nazi Germany and the United States of America.

Granted Wikipedia is subject to all manner of mischief and manipulation but I believe that most Americans would be sickened, as I am, to see our country listed there.

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