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It was never a question of when, but how much: Daniel Chong, the UC San Diego student abandoned in a cell by the Drug Enforcement Administration for five days without food, water, or human contact, has filed a lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages. From the letter sent by Chong's attorney to DEA general counsel:

"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 letter requests that all federal agencies preserve any evidence related to the case, including video, interview notes, and written reports.


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