Afghan Detainees Were Tortured With Ignatieff On Torture
Brutal mental coercionJun 2nd, 2010 | By Coco Cabrera | Category: Politics
Unnamed officials at the Department of National Defense have revealed that Afghan detainees were read convoluted and confusing passages penned by Michael Ignatieff in an effort to extract information.
The prisoners were read selections from Ignatieff’s 2006 article for Prospect Magazine “The Lesser Evil” by an elite Canadian brigade of literate soldiers. At one moment, the text suggests that torture is a necessary evil, and at the next, it equivocates. The readings left those hearing them in a state of extreme apprehension not knowing whether they were going to be subjected to beatings, electrocutions or an opportunity to ask questions.
“Even the most fluent English speakers have a hard time figuring out where he stands on torture,” says human rights activist, Samantha Glendenning. “If it were someone’s second language, their confusion would be acute. And let’s not forget they are alleged to have been read the entire article aloud. That’s unspeakable cruelty.”
Detainees who did not speak English apparently were spared because after almost ten years in Afghanistan, no one in the Armed Forces has bothered to learn any of the local languages.