Monday, February 20, 2006

The David Benson-Pope affair comes in from the Cold

David Benson-Pope is in the news again about allegations that he made students stand out in the cold on school camps. To be fair, these are hardly allegations because David unrepentently admitted them in a police interview. I even noted it at the time. The reason why it wasn't a big issue then was that Benson-Pope was already in deep trouble for selectively leaking portions of the report favourable to him and then denying that he had actually done so.

It's bit late to be raising the issue now in my opinion but one could use the issue to explore our government's attitude to a certain CIA interrogation method:
5. The Cold Cell: The prisoner is left to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees. Throughout the time in the cell the prisoner is doused with cold water.
If that's too cruel for Al Qa'eda then surely it's too barbarous to be used against schoolkids?