Stress Positions And The Inquisition

Here's another Inquisition torture technique authorized by Bush and Cheney and defended by Yoo and Thiessen, as found in the same museum in Lima, Peru: stress positions. Here is the Cheney method:

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Another version:

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Here is an almost identical version of the Inquisition's, as recreated in the Lima, Peru, Museum of the Inquisition:

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 You will notice that the torture victim is standing on the ground, not hanging. The point is to create such awful pain in his joints, especially during long-standing, that he can bear it no longer. It leaves no permanent marks, but it is a brutal form of torture, and those in the United States government who authorized this, implemented it, and twisted the law to make it "legal" must be held accountable.

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