Following all the reports of human rights abuses by the US military in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a report in Archives of General Psychiatry has studied various forms of ill treatment during captivity in terms of their relative psychological impact. They found that psychological manipulations, humiliating treatment and forced stress positions cause the same severity of mental suffering as physical torture. The researchers concluded that these procedures do amount to torture, thereby lending support to their prohibition by international law.
When we heard those awful reports, didn't we already know this? I am glad this study was published in a distinguished medical journal, but wouldn't any real American already come to that conclusion?