Monday, December 26, 2011

Torture: One of the Most Troubling Legacies of 9/11

Those that so readily support our joining the others who practice in the gutter should ask themselves that if it works so good why do these other countries, dictatorships, suppressive regimes, single rule ideologies............. continue to have the need to do it and willingly do it for others!

The Unending Legacy of Torture
24 December 2011 - One of the most troubling legacies of 9/11 is the United States' decision to resort to torture to fight terrorism. Torture has tarnished the United States' reputation and undermined the rule of law. Although the worst abuses may be in the past, it will be a long time before the United States can regain the legitimacy and credibility it has lost.

The United States' systematic use of torture has been extensively documented. The International Committee of the Red Cross, human rights organizations and the United States Senate have all detailed the gross mistreatment of prisoners in US custody as part of the "war on terror." Interrogation methods included not only such infamous tactics as waterboarding, but also extreme sensory deprivation, prolonged isolation and sleep deprivation. Although these tactics may not leave physical marks, they cause profound pain and suffering. In their own way, these tactics are as barbaric as the rack and screw of medieval torture chambers.

Ironically, these interrogation methods grew out of a program originally designed to help American soldiers resist torture at the hands of enemy forces. That program - known as SERE - was developed in response to the brutal interrogation methods used by the Chinese Communists against American soldiers during the Korean War to extract false confessions. read more>>>

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