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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Politics: What A Surprise - Torture

was authorized by Bush himself, says U.S. General. (/sarcasm)

Is anyone really surprised that someone who blew up frogs as a child and spent most of his youth and early adulthood drinking, snorting coke, and challenging his father to fisticuffs should grow up to be the kind of adult who would sanction causing pain and suffering to others? Despite plenty of evidence that torture doesn't work, and despite generations of fine interrogation work by professionals under much worse circumstances (World Wars I and II come to mind)? The article from Raw Story goes on to say:
"[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."

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The documents show that prisoner abuse like that found at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was hardly the isolated incident that the Bush administration or US military claimed it was. By the time the prisoner abuse story broke in mid-2004 the Army knew of at least 62 other allegations of abuse at different prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the authors report.
It describes testimony from an Army investigator that Rumsfeld was present at, and personally responsible for, the torture of a prisoner at Guantanamo.

These people are beneath contempt. It almost makes you want to believe in hell. If there is one, that's where they're all headed, beginning with Li'l Boots and ending with Lynndie. Sick fucks.

Now, put yourself in the position of one of those people "[who] were not even suspected of having terrorist ties," as the book says. Imagine that some people show up and arrest your ass, and do all this shitty stuff to you, and you have no idea why. Do you think, if they ever release you alive, that you will like your former jailors and tormentors? That you'll want to work with them in a spirit of reconciliation? That you will want them in your country to assist with reconstruction?

I fucking think not. In fact, I'd be willing to bet you sign up with the first resistance army of insurgents that shows up on your doorstep.

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