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I recall reading a study done on various test mammals in which they were deprived from sleep for extreme periods of time. Their behavior became erratic and irrational and generally more strange as time went on, and after a while, many of them quite literally dropped dead.
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This is a study similar to the one to which I refer.
PLoS Medicine: Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index
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I heard one of my friend saying that his babysitter tried the waterboarding once in his baby nephu, that cased him a slight brain damage and nightmares .
I would have to say Sleep Deprivation would be much worse because Waterboarding seems like it once its over, its over but if you dont get any sleep it does lead to some serious mental issues.
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For me it would be sleep deprivation. Choosing it doesn't mean waterboarding isn't torture just not as damaging long term as sleep deprivation
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Its a known fact most prisoners will say what they think you want to hear. Its then up to the interrogator to process the information and ascertain fact from fiction. It can be used to great effect, if carried out correctly. I have been without sleep for at most 4.5 days which pushed me to the limit, i think the adrenaline kept me going.
Which would i deem worse? I suppose it depends on who was the interrogator, you have to presume they don't actually want to kill you so i guess it comes down to your personal "lesser of the two evils". for me probably water-boarding would be worse.
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Personally, I have a sort of "immunity" from the effects sleep deprivation. Ever since I was a young kid, I haven't been sleeping properly, even today, I have to [sometimes] take sleeping pills to go to sleep. I'm not hyperactive, I'm perfectly calm, but I can remain awake for about 3 days, without the aid of stimulants, before I feel tired.
My parents were worried about me, so they took me to the doctors, the doctor tested my ability to focus, even after 3 days of no sleep, and found little to no decrease in focus. He tested me on my ability to read a passage, remember it, and recite it to him, my ability to do maths in my head, and dexterity exercises, such as placing this thing, in this hole, etc.
With that said, I can take sleep deprivation, but water-boarding just sounds brutal.
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How much sleep deprivation?
Say your deprived of sleep for 36 hours, in that case, water-boarding would definitely be worse. However, say you were deprived of sleep for 6 days. In that case, the sleep deprivation would be worse.
The lengths to which some are going to in order to somehow argue that water boarding is not torture is really astounding. To me its fairly simple. If an act was used as torture during the Spanish Inquisition, then its torture. If individuals were tried for war crimes for engaging in this act, then its torture. If Khmer Rouge used it for torture, then its torture.
Why lower ourselves to the level of a Spanish Inquisitor? This notion that since it doesn't cause permanent harm it cannot be torture is the same kind of argument that the Maoists used during the Cultural Revolution when they put people in the jet plane position for hours and sometimes days on end.
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