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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday dismissed the idea that taunting terrorism suspects with women's panties is a form of torture.

In a debate about detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the California Republican cited panties eight times, arguing that making suspected terrorists wear women's underwear on their heads isn't demeaning and degrading enough to be called torture. story

pantiesOK.jpgThe best part of this story is not the Congressman pointing out the asinine idea that panties on the head are torture - it's the part where he 'cited panties eight times,' - as if he were tweaking the other Representatives in the hearing. They must cringe every time they hear the word panty. How scandalous!

Best follow-up quote: "I mean, OK, describing his mother and sister as whores, that's certainly not a nice thing to do."

booksmall.jpgAn interview with my publisher has been posted at Disinformation's webpage. We talk a little about the process of creating Infernal Device, as well as some of the more infamous and horrible devices; the readers' favorite and my favorites. Near the end, we discuss some of the more bizarre emails I've received over the years.
TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill, a UN committee has declared after several recent deaths in North America. "The use of these weapons causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture,'' the UN's Committee against Torture said.
I'd say listening to the insufferable windbags at the UN "causes acute pain, constituting a form of torture," but perhaps this definition is, um, a smidgen more liberal, if that is at all possible. The UN definition seems to be, "It hurts - and someone else is doing it."

unpanty.jpg United Nations, you win the Panty on the Head award for minimizing the definition of torture. I've a feeling you'll be back soon.

"Ow, that hurt!" a female robot squeaked, narrowing her eyes as a young dentist drilled on her replica teeth. "Now, I'm OK," she said as the dentist eased off.
isitsafe.jpgNo word on whether this dental droid has the features of Dustin Hoffman, but if the Japanese are at their marketing best, there is sure to be one in the future.

"Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it!"
From the Smoking Gun, a tale of brutal torture:
An al-Qaeda operative serving life in prison for his role in the bombing of American embassies in Africa contends that his rights are being violated by U.S. jailers who have denied him access to Arabic publications and religious books, limited his mail privileges, and no longer allow him to use a Walkman.
Oh, the humanity - a few paragraphs down we find out the true barbarity of this man's captors:
Currently, Al-Owhali claims, he is only provided with month-old copies of USA Today
The fiends.

pantyonthehead.jpg Mohamed Al-Owhali, you win the Panty on the Head award for minimizing the definition of torture. It looks great on you. No, really.

tdcb_thumbnail.gifWhat better way to spend a rainy afternoon than with the Torture Device Coloring Book? Inside you'll find 20 black & white line-art drawings ready for coloring (with crayons or any other substance). Each illustration is accompanied by a short paean to the implement - for example, this little ditty goes along with the Interrogation Chair (pictured on cover):
Relax here a bit,
May we make a suggestion?
Count the spikes in your flesh,
or answer the question.
What are you waiting for? Get those thumbscrews off and start coloring!