Friday, August 06, 2010

Letting Torturers Go Free

By Sherwood Ross
August 6, 2010

Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in American custody to a handful of maverick guards or limited to a few “high-value detainees,” such criminal acts were widely perpetrated, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor suggests.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

June 30, 2010

"Proof of Complicity in Torture"....

Anonymous said...

"Archives for "Rendition"....

Anonymous said...

Behind much of this are the Israelis, who have long "advised" Americans in both the Iraq and Afghanistan interrogation techniques, Ethnic-cleansing, wall-building, checkpoints, collective punishment and constant surveillance.

BOTH Iraq & Afghanistan were illegal "wars".

The ‘Salvador Option’for Iraq is already proceeded as planned

J. Tyler Ballance said...

"...likely involving large numbers of military personnel..."

No, not really. Unless you define "large numbers" as less than a hundred people compared to our entire military.

As a veteran, I bristled throughout the years of the Bush regime, as he and his neocons squandered the reputation of our military around the world.

The people who were actually engaged in the torture of prisoners was very small compared to all of our military personnel, yet because Bush approved of torture, that horrific decision taints everyone who wears the uniform, both now and in the future.

In general, US military personnel, if captured, were treated humanely (with some very famous exceptions)because the other side knew that their personnel were generally treated very well when captured by the Americans. We also used to receive a significant battlefield benefit from this reputation, since opposing soldiers would readily surrender, rather than fight to the death.

Today, because of Bush's embrace of torture, our future enemies will be far more likely to fight to the death, rather than face torture by American (or perhaps Israeli or Afghan) intelligence agents.

Many of us stopped supporting the Republicans because they would not stand against Bush's torture, or domestic spying program. Americans must never again trust the Republicans with the leadership of this nation.

The damage done to our national reputation by Bush, may take a century to overcome. Bush, Cheney and his cronies belong in jail for what they did,; not in a fully funded, federally protected retirement.