17 April 2009

Portion Control

The repellantly fascinating intersection of two ostensibly distinct spheres of life in one biopolitical technique:

"While detainees subject to dietary manipulation are obviously situated differently from individuals who voluntarily engage in commercial weight-loss programs, we note that widely available commercial weight-loss programs in the United States employ diets of 1000 kcal/day for sustain periods of weeks or longer without requiring medical supervision," read the footnote. "While we do not equate commercial weight loss programs and this interrogation technique, the fact that these calorie levels are used in the weight-loss programs, in our view, is instructive in evaluating the medical safety of the interrogation technique."

(Hat tip: HuffPo. Read the full memo, in all its sickening banality and faulty analogy, here.

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