New York Times Reports on Lawsuit Alleging Waterboarding of Prisoners

From the article in The New York Times:

"Two prisoners in upstate New York say they were brutally beaten by guards and taken to a different facility to be waterboarded — a method of torture once used by C.I.A. interrogators on terrorism suspects, according to newly filed lawsuits.

"Waterboarding induces the sensation of drowning in victims. The episodes cited in the lawsuits by the men occurred Oct. 7 at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Comstock, N.Y., more than 200 miles north of New York City.

"Bruce Barket, a lawyer whose firm filed the Sing Sing lawsuit a year ago, said then that his firm reported the allegations to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which he said was investigating with the F.B.I., which had interviewed several of his firm’s clients. He said the firm was cooperating with the federal investigation.

“'Given that the Department of Corrections administration apparently approved of the brutality, no one should be surprised that some guards escalated the abuse,' said Mr. Barket, whose firm also filed the Green Haven and Great Meadow suits."

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