"On Dec. 2, Rumsfeld approved 16 of 19 stronger coercive methods. Now the interrogators could use stress strategies like standing for prolonged periods, isolation for as long as 30 days, removal of clothing, forced shaving of facial hair, playing on 'individual phobias' (such as dogs) and "mild, non-injurious physical contact such as grabbing, poking in the chest with the finger and light pushing."
According to the log, al-Qahtani experienced several of those over the next five weeks.
The techniques Rumsfeld balked at included 'use of a wet towel or dripping water to induce the misperception of suffocation.' "Our Armed Forces are trained," a Pentagon memo on the changes read, "to a standard of interrogation that reflects a tradition of restraint." Nevertheless, the log shows that interrogators poured bottles of water on al-Qahtani�s head when he refused to drink. Interrogators called this game "Drink Water or Wear It."
Shut it down! For the love of Allah, just shut it down!
It kills me that this is actually considered news. Like we're supposed to find this shocking or something. Give me a break.