… is among the most insidious forms of torture. It leaves no physical trace, but four days without sleep will reduce most people to madness. The extent of lasting damage will, of course, vary from individual to individual. And no, this has nothing to do with the chronic sleep deficit – also, confusingly, called “sleep deprivation” – characteristic of contemporary life. We’re talking about being shackled for days on end in a standing position, so that if you fall asleep you take your full weight on your arms, waking you up.
Reading the OPR memo about Yoo and Bybee (p. 35), I learned (what apparently was already known) that OLC approved, in writing, sleep deprivation for up to 11 days. John Yoo teaches law at Boalt Hall. Jay Bybee exercise the awesome powers of a federal judge.