“In the end the nagging voices broke him down more completely than the boots and fists of the guards. He became simply a mouth that uttered, a hand that signed whatever was demanded of him. His sole concern was to find out what they wanted him to confess, and then confess it before the torture started again.” – George Orwell, “Nineteen-Eight-Four.” As so often, Orwell describes the dehumanization and deception that is integral to torture – and to all who suffer and practise it.


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