This is the "Punishment Chair" at the Maricopa County Jail in 2001, near Phoenix, Arizona, USA, not far from where you and your wife sleep. It is built over a toilet so that a hooded prisoner can be strapped in for several days at a time.

Conditions in Joe Arpaio's creative jailhouse are described in a Harper's article from 2001 titled: "The Toughest Sheriff in America"

Now that Homeland Security has begun to relax prohibitions on this kind of treatment, the day may soon come when we will no longer need to outsource our torture to Egypt.