Intelligence Law Glossary - Severe Mental Pain or Suffering


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Severe Mental Pain or Suffering

Statutory Law

18 U.S.C. § 2340(2) (2010) (Title 18—Chapter 113C: Torture)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2340 et seq.]—
   (2) "severe mental pain or suffering" means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
      (A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
      (B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
      (C) the threat of imminent death; or
      (D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality;