CIA using liquid diet on detainees


#1

I was just reading an article on the Guardian about CIA torture methods. I found this particular quote interesting and thought it was relevant to the Soylent community:

The CIA viewed certain techniques as “conditioning” measures, designed
to get detainees used to their helplessness rather than yielding any
intelligence value on their own.
[…]
Another “conditioning” technique involved feeding a detainee “a bland,
commercial liquid meal” instead of normal food. The CIA set caloric
intake guidelines – a recommended minimum was 1,500 calories daily – and
relied on medical personnel, who are sworn to do no harm to their
patients, to ensure detainees did not lose more than 10% of their body
weight. A Justice Department memo understood the dietary manipulation
could “increase the effectiveness of other techniques, such as sleep
deprivation.”

From: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/09/cia-torture-methods-waterboarding-sleep-deprivation (maybe NSFW/slightly disturbing)

Has anyone read anything else about this?


#2

I just knew it! Guantanamo Bay is a Soylent resort!


#3

Well, they were also feeding detainees through their rectums, so liquid may have been a necessity for that reason.


#4

Yeah, I don’t think there was any medical or nutritional reason for that–practice.


#5

You heard it here first, getting arrested under suspicion of terrorism will get you your Soylent faster than buying it. Time to call in a bomb threat.


#6

Wait…sleep deprivation is a torture technique too? No wonder some men feel tortured by their wives:)


#7

I’m pretty sure the reason was because it’s both humiliating and still leaves them feeling hungry because their stomachs are still empty.


#8

I doubt there was any nutritional motivation at all. It’s simply, brutally assaultive, with some handwaving to unconvincingly argue the reason was to “hydrate” or feed.

I ain’t taking my Soylent like that, for sure.


#9

Plus they fed them yucky Ensure!

As part of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques, Abu Zubaydah was placed on a liquid diet of Ensure and water as both an interrogation technique, and as a means of limiting vomiting during waterboarding. In planning for the interrogation of subsequent detainees, the CIA determined that it would use a "liquid diet." At least 30 CIA detainees were fed only a liquid diet of Ensure and water for interrogation purposes.

#10

Ensure and water…surely that can’t qualify as a “complete” meal?


#11

A friend of mine literally lives on Ensure. :worried: