So I've been thinking about this and I'm curious what you all think. Most of the hysteria about the recently released memos involves the waterboarding. It's been called monstrous, heinous, etc. But not many folks get hysterical in the same way about the sleep deprivation.
However if you look both things up the sleep deprivation to me sounds much worse.
It causes actual physical damage. Lower cortisol levels, lowered immune system, hallucinations, and even possibly psychosis.
The process lasts much longer.
You know keeping them awake must involve loud noises, taunting, perhaps squirting with hoses, and eventually I'm thinking there must be some physicality involved because no matter how noisy you are being a tired prisoner is eventually just going to collapse into sleep. So at some point the prisoner is probably manhandled awake.
The mental anguish of sleep deprivation seems like it would be more haunting than the waterboarding - to me -if only because the memories of it will be larger, longer, and the process will probably involve far more aggressors when the job is not letting you sleep for days.
So which do you all think is worse waterboarding or sleep deprivation?
And if you think they're equal than how come we seem to talk or care more about the waterboarding???