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A Missed Torture Opportunity

By Matthew Yglesias  

"A Missed Torture Opportunity"

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Interesting story:

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a college student who was arrested by the TSA and detained for five hours over a set of Arabic-language flash cards he was carrying.

Nick George, a student at Pomona College in California, was grilled by the TSA on “who did 9/11″ and asked by FBI agents whether he was a communist after airport security officers found Arabic-English language learning cards in his luggage last summer, according to news reports and the ACLU.

Of course in a world where the TSA didn’t have a “law-enforcement approach” to terrorism or a “pre-9/11 mindset” they could have easily resolved this problem. All they would have to do is strap the kid to a board, tilted so that his head is below his feet. The straps would be uncomfortable, though they wouldn’t have any particular skin-lacerating properties thus making the process totally humane. Then the face is covered with cloth, and water could have been poured over George’s face. This process institutes an apparently unbearable physical sensation of imminent drowning. Initially, George would simply loudly protest that he didn’t know anything, but soon enough sufficiently application of torture (or as Marc Thiessen and the Gestapo call it, “enhanced interrogation techniques”) would have the guy singing.

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