Responsibility for Torture?

The American people seem to have an almost uncanny ability to ignore or overlook some of the most unspeakable crimes committed by our politicians while finding plenty of time to obsess over Britney Spears’ private life.  Torture probably tops the list of things that should never be allowed, under any circumstances.  Yet, we have the leader of a nation that signed the terms of the Geneva Convention that reportedly directly ordered his followers to torture prisoners.

TheRawStory reports in General claims Bush gave ‘marching orders’ on aggressive interrogation at Guantanamo:

More than 100,000 pages of newly released government documents demonstrate how US military interrogators “abused, tortured or killed” scores of prisoners rounded up since Sept. 11, 2001, including some who were not even expected of having terrorist ties, according to a just-published book.

“[T]he documents show unambiguously that the administration has adopted some of the methods of the most tyrannical regimes,” write Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh. “Documents from Guantanamo describe prisoners shackled in excruciating ‘stress positions,’ held in freezing-cold cells, forcibly stripped, hooded, terrorized with military dogs, and deprived of human contact for months.”


Most of the documents on which Administration of Torture is based were obtained as a result of ongoing legal fights over a Freedom of Information Act request filed in October 2003 by the ACLU and other human rights and anti-war groups, the ACLU said in a news release.

It seems unlikely that this will make the rounds in popular media (don’t expect to see it on Fox News), but a more sane United States would certainly investigate these allegations.  Now if only stained black dresses and cigars were involved, maybe this issue of heinous war crimes would get the attention it deserved.


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