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A mock execution is a method of psychological torture, whereby the subject is made to believe that they are being led to their execution. This usually involves blindfolding the subject, making them recount last wishes, or making them dig their own grave, and sometimes it can go as far as forcing the victim to watch a single or multiple real life executions taking place under the same circumstances to make the victim believe he or she is next. Discharging a firearm near (but not at) the victim, or firing blanks, might end the mock execution. Torture is defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he... A blindfold is a strip of cloth used to cover the eyes, rendering the user effectively (but temporarily) blind. ... Ancient unreadable gravestones mark the position of graves in the parish churchyard at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England A grave is a place where the body of a dead animal, generally human, is buried, often after a funeral. ... Blank cartridges, as used in nail guns Yugoslavian 7. ...

Water-boarding is a form of mock execution in which the victim is led to believe that continued resistance will lead to drowning. There appear to be two different varieties of torture referred to as waterboarding. ...

It is hoped that by making the subject believe that they are to be executed they will be inflicted with severe psychological trauma. This may eventually lead to a break down where valuable information could be extracted, or it might act as a warning that future infractions may bring about a real execution. Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. ...

Alternatively, a mock execution can be carried out where both a "shooter" and a "victim" collaborate with an interrogator who hopes to coerce a statement out of a subject who is forced to watch. Mock executions are popular in films and other entertainment as easy suspense can be created by having the protagonist subjected to what turns out to be only a mock execution, such as in the Spike Lee movie, Inside Man. Suspense or tension is the feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions an audience perceives in a dramatic work. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ... Inside Man is a 2006 crime-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, and directed by Spike Lee. ...

Historical instances

  • In 1849, Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky became the victim of a now famous case of a mock execution; the pardon of the Czar was not read to him until the moment when the firing squad was already aiming their rifles at him. This traumatizing experience also shows up in his literary works.
  • On 23 March 2007, eight British servicemen were detained for three days, after Iran said they had entered Iranian territorial waters, which Britain denied. They were released unharmed, but during their detention, according to former detainee Marine Scott Fallon, they endured a mock execution.[1]
  • Reports of mock executions carried out by the US Marines on detainees in Iraq have surfaced in December 2004,[2] as the ACLU published internal documents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents were written seven weeks after the publication of the photographs which triggered the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

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  1. ^ http://www.portsmouthtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleID=2179535&SectionID=455
  2. ^ http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=17206&c=206

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Mock execution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (396 words)
A mock execution is a method of torture, whereby the subject is made to believe that he is being led to his execution.
Mock executions are popular in films and other entertainment as easy suspense can be created by having the protagonist subjected to what turns out to be only a mock execution.
The small but significant minority of customers of professional dominants that want them to role-play mock executions are presumably people with the paraphilia of autoassassinophilia, in which a person becomes sexually aroused at the thought of their own death at the hands of another.
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