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It outlaws torture, but only when it is "specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering." Same with "cruel or inhuman treatment": It must be "intended to inflict severe or serious physical or mental pain or suffering." The law then defines "serious physical pain or suffering" as an injury that involves "substantial risk of death, extreme physical pain, a burn or physical disfigurement of a serious nature," and "significant loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty." Note the qualifiers: "substantial," "extreme," "serious," and "significant." They give plenty of leeway: In fact, the definition is eerily reminiscent of a 2002 Justice Department memo that the Bush Administration had to repudiate.
That mental faculty has been one of the focal points of the trial, which began in December 2001.
* The information age is associated with a more strongly entrenched WORLDcentric attitude plus a multi-perspectival worldview, more encompassing and powerful than linear reasoning, which transpersonal-psychology theorist Ken Wilber calls "visionlogic." A more evolved mental faculty than rigidly perspectival rationality, visionlogic reflects an ability to perceive multiple layers of similar but not identical patterns and to grasp complex, nonlinear networks of interconnections, and it entails integrated functioning of body, intellect, and emotion.