Of course he died of “natural causes.”

Four deaths. Four facilities other than Abu Ghraib. The Denver Post quotes Pentagon documents and sources. “Torture is the only thing you can call this.”

Naturally, when there’s no air to breathe, you die.

Five deaths. Four interrogation facilities other than Abu Ghraib.

The Denver Post says it’s quoting from “Pentagon documents.”

“Torture is the only thing you can call this,” said a Pentagon source with knowledge of internal investigations into prisoner abuses. “There is a lot about our country’s interrogation techniques that is very troubling. These are violations of military law.”

Remember that none of the prisoners in Iraq have been designated as “unlawful combatants.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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