American Torture at Work


(Photo: Aljazeera.net)

The Pentagon has released another partial transcript from a secret hearing at Guantanamo Bay, featuring another confession by an alleged terrorist. Last week we learned that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has allegedly confessed to the 9/11 terror attacks. Today we find out another man has confessed to the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Both suspects were held in secret CIA prisons, where they were subjected to “harsh interrogation methods,” as President Bush puts it. If you’re not sure what that means, it’s a concept known elsewhere in the world as torture.

Does anybody anywhere believe these confessions to be anything but the desperate statements of suffering men?

— Gregory Flannery

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10 Comments on “American Torture at Work”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Yet another reason (!) I’m opposed to war — it changes humans into animals.

  2. Neal Watzman Says:

    I suppose our thugs in Washington will use these “confessions” as proof that torture “saves lives”.

    How repugnant!

  3. ToeJamFootball Says:

    So, what do you want for these “suffering men”? A bear hug and a pat on the butt and send them on their merry way? Your views are as lopsided as the Presidents’. Are you blind as to what these “suffering men” and their ilk have done and will do? But that’s OK, they can commit such acts, ’cause the man is holding them. Time and time again you totally ignore the acts these “suffering men” commit because of what the big bad US is doing in response.

  4. Bruce Says:

    Let’s just hang everyone of them and save ourselves some trouble. They’re all terrorists and they knew the occupational risks of their jobs. Screw them.

  5. Marilyn Says:

    TJF, the American justice system has always been – innocent until proven guilty.

    The approach using “harsh interrogation methods” is completely unamerican.

  6. gerard Says:

    …And the dance never stops.

  7. Kevin Osborne Says:

    Toe Jam, Bruce:

    Justice and due process should be applied evenly to everyone, not just those we find it convenient to extend those rights.

    Also, when the U.S. uses these methods, it actually makes it harder on our troops and intelligence agents when they are apprehended by enemy forces. From both an ethical and practical standpoint, it makes sense not to use torture.

  8. Marilyn Says:

    Kevin, excellent point!

  9. bill Says:

    Bruce is the man. I agreed with him 100%.

  10. Kevin Osborne Says:

    Let’s see … when Islamic extremists kill civilians to achieve a broader political goal, we call it terrorism. When U.S. forces bomb a restaurant where they THINK Saddam MIGHT have been before his arrest and it turns out he wasn’t there but our bombs kill multiple civilians, we call it collateral damage.

    I can see how the average Iraqi wouldn’t see the difference.

    Be careful about saying “just kill all the terrorists,” because it might include some of us.


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