“I never thought I’d see the United States-champion of human rights and rule of law-legislating torture and Soviet-style kangaroo tribunals. I never thought I’d see Congress and a majority of Americans supporting such police state measures.” U.S. gets ‘Sovietized’ By Eric Margolis 24 Sep 2006 Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka [Moscow’s prison] were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. There were special cold rooms where prisoners could be frozen to near death. Sleep deprivation was a favourite and most effective Cheka technique. I recall these past horrors because of what this column has long called the gradual “Sovietization” of the United States… We have seen America’s president [sic] and vice president [sic], sworn to uphold the Constitution, advocating some of the same interrogation techniques the KGB used at the Lubyanka. They apparently believe beating, freezing, sleep deprivation and near-drowning are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. So did Stalin. The White House insisted that anyone Ã· including Americans Ã· could be kidnapped and tried in camera using “evidence” obtained by torturing other suspects.
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