Friday, April 27, 2012

What Is Torture?

There are two forms of torture: to extract information, and to prevent information being received. 

To be tortured in the second way is to be put in a position where thinking is impossible. The goal is not to get the tortured to speak but to become silent, to draw the tortured into the world of the torturer where is heard only echos of the torturer's words.

This silencing torture has two forms also:

Personal, sadistic, where the torturer enjoys the certainty that the victim can't think differently or better.

Political, totalitarian, where the torturer attempts to eliminate the possibility of competing ideas and of another principle of organization.