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Most people are probably familiar with this image to the right. It is a photograph taken at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January, 2002. You might even be familiar with the caption that often accompanies this photo.
Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray Januaryt 11, 2001 [sic] at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention. The detainees will be given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray and blood samples drawn to assess their health, the military said. The U.S. Department of Defense released the photo January 18, 2002.
Let’s come in a little closer to get a better idea of what we’re looking at. Perhaps the first thing to note is that this detainee in the foreground, like all the others around him, is goggled and is wearing noise-blocking earmuffs. And yes, his hands are bound, but even more to the point, he is wearing thick mittens, limiting his sense of touch. The surgical masks make breathing more difficult and limit the sense of smell.
Time published a report containing excerpts of the interrogation logs, which revealed that Qahtani was forced to strip naked, told to bark like a dog, deprived of the opportunity to use a toilet after having been force-fed liquids intravenously, ordered to dance with a mask on his face
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A group of men in orange jumpsuits are kneeling. Their hands are shackled and their mouths are covered with light blue surgical masks. Military guards stand watch.
A Red Cross spokesman told the media, however, that the United States had contravened the Geneva Conventions by releasing photos that showed the men kneeling shackled and blindfolded, wearing surgical masks and earmuffs.
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The mask of infamy brings about two different inflictions: a spiritual one and a physical one.
The victims were both staked out to public ridicule...The mask with long ears represented a silly ass person, while the one with a snout or with a pig face symbolizes the animal being considered dirty.
originally posted by: jtma508
When you hear hoof-beats thin of horses not zebras. The most likely reason for the masks is to prevent detainees from spitting on staff or being able to put anything in their mouths. Yes, they're handcuffed but they could still face-plant and suck dirt in to suffocate themselves. Face it, if they really wanted to torture these people they certainly wouldn't be using paper face masks.