Get Informed: Looking at US-Sponsored Torture

(28 November 2007)

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We began by building ourselves a cage. But from what shall we build this cage? PVC pipe was our material of choice. We began with several 10-feet lengths of 1-inch and 2-inch diameter pipe.

...and to join them up in the corners - corner... bits.

Deciding early on that the dimensions of the cage would NOT be 10ft X 10ft X 10ft, we took the pipe to get it cut down to size.

The most convenient place to do this was in the "space" which theatre groups use to construct their sets.

For the actual assembly, the basement space of "Ruggles" was used. To ensure that we didn't leave a large mess, we created a small mess of newspapers on which our larger mess would be contained. At least, I think that was the idea.

Luckily we had several mathematicians among the group who were able to help calculate our material requirements to ensure that we would actually have a complete cage at the end of the whole process.

6ft X 4ft X 4ft was decided on... now how do we construct the bars?

It was agreed that the best way to simulate bars was to drill holes in the superstructure and thread thick rope through these holes. This would also have the advantage of making the cage easy to get in and out of. Not such a good thing for a real cage, but very good for a simulated one.

So we started drilling holes... notice the absence of newspaper in the immediate area surrounding the drilling.

While the drilling was happening, others were spraying the pipes with primer to ensure that the black paint which we would use for the cage would actually stick and not flake off.

To prevent the rope from fraying, a lighter was used to melt the ends. Next time, I suggested that we use hemp rope... because the smoke from that would probably smell much better than the smell of burning synthetic rope (and it would probably make us all very hungry too...)

So, with the cross-beams ready to go, all that was left was to make the rope look like iron bars.

After experimenting with several different configurations, we settled on the spiral as the most efficient way of getting paint to rope.

The day of our actual cage action was fortuitously sunny and pleasant (although a wee bit chilly)

Our position on Low Plaza was very prominent. When you have a person with a black bag on their head sitting inside a cage wearing an orange jump suit (why are they called that?) it is pretty difficult not to notice.

At the base of the cage, were placed lists of all the current detainees at Guantanamo Bay, about 500ish in all.

Observe our very high-tech setup. Clipboards, stickers, scissors, tape, info sheets and a letter for everyone to sign. Our signs were also a marvel of modern font technology, notice the liberal use of anti-aliased san serif font on the sign on the right while the sign on the left makes use of an irregular drop-shadow effect.


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