US Government: ‘“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity’. So deliberate sleep deprivation as a torture technique is…?

Federal Government Says It’s Unconstitutional to Ban Sleeping in Public (report in Time).

The quoted documents state:

“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity — i.e., it must occur at some time in some place”

And it is further suggested that it’s a violation of a person’s Eighth Amendment Rights under the US Constitution.

So, a simple question:

Is it the case that to deprive someone of sleep – deliberately, and as part of an interrogation and torture regime – is depriving them of a life-sustaining activity?

Where is the legal culpability then for a deliberate regime of sleep deprivation, which deprives someone of a life-sustaining activity? Surely it lies with the agency or individual that imposed the regime?

Is this an inadvertent or deliberate planting of a legal position that will set the legal precedent for those who have been sleep-deprived under the Torture Memos?

And is it something that will prevent sleep deprivation being used as a torture or interrogative technique ever again?

So many questions…

Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Writer

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