Student Forgotten in DEA Cell Wants $20M
Daniel Chong's treatment 'torture,' lawyers say
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 10:43 AM CDT
4.5 days = $20 million?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The five days Daniel Chong spent, forgotten and with no access to food or water, in a DEA cell "constitute torture," his lawyers say in a claim filed yesterday. Chong seeks up to $20 million in compensation for the incident, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "The deprivation of food and water for four and one-half days while the person is handcuffed the entire time constitutes torture under both international and domestic law," the claim reads.

The DEA has acknowledged Chong was "accidentally" left in the cell, and the acting special agent in charge of the DEA’s San Diego Division apologized in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "I am deeply troubled by the incident that occurred here last week," says William R. Sherman, who notes that he has ordered a review. "I extend my deepest apologies [to] the young man and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to." Click for more on Chong's ordeal, in which he reportedly hallucinated, drank his own urine, and ate his own glasses.

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May 5, 2012 4:07 AM CDT
Not me. I'm waitin' for the novel.
May 3, 2012 11:16 PM CDT
How can you drink your own urine and attempt suicide by eating your eye glasses when you are handcuffed? Second thing: $20m? Really? I would do it for $10m.
May 3, 2012 6:54 PM CDT
Proof of concept fail! and here they thought they'd try saving money by skipping the extraordinary renditioning part! Did they not think this would infuriate us? Well, did it? What did the test results show? Majority sheeple? The rest can't do anything about it even if they wanted to? Thought so... But you know, why else would everything the government touch end up in a huge bungle that ultimately costs taxpayers? You'd think we'd figure out by now they don't have a fleeting clue what the hell they're doing... Or do they? Everything is the exact opposite of what it should be... Nothing happens unless there's a velvety-pocket money stream involved... They piss on our leg and tell us it's Fukushima rain that isn't radioactive, but then raise the limits and shut down monitoring... They say the war is over, but the same good-ol-boy funding is gonna continue flowing right down into the same bottomless black hole... (They even literally go there to tell us that to our face now!) And now you want me to believe this was an accident? That I have to pay for now too? How about instead you just appoint him to some superfluous gov job like you do all your other relatives and mold him into just another mindless boxbrain order-following minion? Hmm, I guess though, once you've been forced to drink urine and eat glass for a week, you're pretty much jaded...