Sunday, February 18, 2007

seems like your average exit poll to me...

A very interesting story in the New York Times Online today about an Iraqi man who was recently released from some American-run prison in Iraq after being held there for 2 years without being charged. He tells of some of the abuses he suffered while there, but this bit here is possibly even more interesting than his story about having a taser applied to his tongue:

(this passage follows an explanation of the long process leading up to his physical release that day)

"Then, shortly before 9 a.m., Mr. Ani said, he was brought to a table for one last step. He was handed a form and asked to
place a check mark next to the sentence that best described how he had been treated:

“I didn’t go through any abuse during detention,” read the first option, in Arabic.

“I have gone through abuse during detention,” read the second.

In the room, he said, stood three American guards carrying the type of electric stun devices that Mr. Ani and other
detainees said had been used on them for infractions as minor as speaking out of turn.

“Even the translator told me to sign the first answer,” said Mr. Ani, who gave a copy of his form to The New York Times. “I
asked him what happens if I sign the second one, and he raised his hands,” as if to say, Who knows?"

How thoughtful! A satisfaction survey!

Hmmmm. Tell the truth about the abuse right in front of the abusers and risk being thrown back in prison indefinitely and subjecting myself to a potential lifetime of all-expense-paid tasing.... or just check the first box and run like hell to freedom? I'm gonna have to think about this one...


Anonymous Recovering Straight Girl said...

Nothing to do with your post, however good it was; we went to La Serre in Yachats which was recommended in an Oregon guidebook that we had in the car as THE place to go for a romantic dinner. Perhaps it was what we ordered, but we were not impressed with the food. The wine selection, PRIMO as they had one of our favorites, Domain Drouhin Pinot and everything else was fab.

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Anonymous Joolie said...

Yeah, I think I wouldn't linger too long on that question. That guy is the same age as me, but his eyes look about a million years old.

1:15 AM  
Blogger reasonably prudent poet said...

joolie: oh my god, exactly. when i read his age, i kept looking back up to the picture thinking maybe the guy in the picture was the prisoner's *dad* being interviewed. then i realized it was really him. and i'm OLDER than him! then, you know, i realized that i'm *not* really older than him, in terms of fucked up life experiences. compared to him, i'm like a babe in the woods. whatever that means.

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