Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kaj Larsen: A Lesson For Mukasey: Why I Had Myself Water-Boarded - Politics on The Huffington Post

In the Ossining, New York State Urban Cultural Park (there's 14 in New York state, i.e., Buffalo Theater District, Sackett's Harbor, Erie Canal Lock in Syracuse, NY, etc.) next to the Sing Sing prison, there's a small museum of the prisoner treatment in the past. One artifact is a stone basin that fit around a prisoner's neck and then was filled with water until the prisoner could drown in a "puddle". This might be the original water torture technique. A small former cell is shown and other artifacts, including a current bag of "shanks" tagged with evidence tags in current cases apparently. On some days one can visit the inside of the original Croton Aqueduct, running nearby, which with the Bronx Historical Society we hiked many sections of on Saturdays. It was what made NYC thrive and erroneously attributed to the cause of the presence of the cockroach or "water bug". I would have thought this form of water torture, i.e., simulated drowning, had been left in the museums of the world. Blogged with Flock

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