Reb McFarland:

A post from the new blog…working as quickly as possible to get it all up and running…

Originally posted on A Solitary Torture:

“So when you’re in Iran and in solitary confinement,” asks Lt. Chris Acosta, my guide at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, “was it different?” His tone makes clear that he believes an Iranian prison to be a bad place…

Excerpts from Solitary confinement: The cruelest punishment 

By Shane Bauer | January 13, 2013

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What I want to tell Acosta is that no part of my experience — not the uncertainty of when I would be free again, not the tortured screams of other prisoners — was worse than the four months I spent in solitary confinement. What would he say if I told him I needed human contact so badly that I woke every morning hoping to be interrogated?

Of course my experience was different from that of the men at Pelican Bay. How can you compare the two, when the difference between one person’s stability and another’s insanity is found…

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