Drug Poisoning, Another Form of Torture

Is using LSD and other psychoactive drugs on on accused (not convicted, let’s remember) terrorists a Bush administration policy? Justin Rood at TPMmuckraker investigates:

Giving detainees drugs like LSD and PCP seems stupid to the point of absurdity.

So I was surprised to discover that in 2002, Justice Department lawyers carefully considered the issue and advised the White House that it was okay. In their view, it was acceptable to force detainees to ingest “mind-altering substances,” as long as it was not intended to cause months-long bouts of serious mental illness.

How do we know that? Because in August 2002, the Justice Department gave then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales a 50-page document saying so. And a follow-up document in 2004 reaffirmed it.

Read on. Sometime after 9/11, the United States became a Terry Gilliam movie.

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3 thoughts on “Drug Poisoning, Another Form of Torture

  1. John Lowell October 17, 2006 / 6:13 am

    And the people are positively comatose. They almost seem to want the dictatorship. The only hope at this point would seem to be the Supreme Court, and that a very thin reed. One more Alito and we’ll all be singing Die Fahne Hoch. Catholics need to keep that carefully in mind when another pro-life high court nominee is brought forward. A Faustian deal for ending Roe vs. Wade will likely be offered and the price: What some will call the “unitary executive” when in reality its more like having experienced a coup with General Pilsudski now in charge.

    John Lowell

  2. Alex April 25, 2007 / 12:53 pm

    Thank You

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