Good piece up at CNN about the after-effects of torture, and it included this quote:
The psychological effects of torture can often be worse than the physical effects, said Ellen Gerrity, assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University and co-editor of “The Mental Health Consequences of Torture.”
“The psychological symptoms can often be worse in the sense that person can never recover from that, and may in the end, be in such despair and pain that they take their own lives, especially if they don’t have treatment or support around them,” she said.
Experts say torture victims can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and symptoms such as social withdrawal, confusion and sleep problems.
That was kind of by design. Bybee and others made sure that nothing that left any physical marks got through, and everything else was fair game. Of course repeatedly torturing someone is going to leave an emotional trail. Ask John McCain. Hell, ask Christopher Hitchens, who was waterboarded approximately ONCE:
Also, in case it’s of interest, I have since woken up trying to push the bedcovers off my face, and if I do anything that makes me short of breath I find myself clawing at the air with a horrible sensation of smothering and claustrophobia. No doubt this will pass.
Keep telling yourself that, Hitch.