"I came back from Cambodia to hear some of the Republican Presidential candidates endorse waterboarding in their debate and say that it’s not torture. I’m glad Obama pushed back today, for I find their view unfathomable — partly because in Cambodia the Genocide Museum has displays of tortures used by the Khmer Rouge, and one of them is waterboarding. And in the Tokyo Tribunal after World War II, we executed some Japanese officers for torturing American soldiers with waterboarding. But somehow when we do it, it is just “enhanced interrogation”? Give me a break. We’re better than that. Or we should be."
Nicholas D. Kristof
wait so Japan was punished for acts committed during and as part of wartime/warfare? oh hell we’re screwed.
#George W Bush
#War on terrorism
#please read this
Time for the US to Investigate Torture
There’s overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration. The Obama administration has a legal obligation to investigate. Jessie Graham reports.
“The widespread abuse across three continents was not the result of low ranking soldiers who broke the rules. It was the result of high administration officials who cast the rules aside to shape their own desires.
When the United States refuses to investigate American officials for their involvement in torture and ill treatment, it undermines the global effort to press for accountability for human rights abuses in other countries. The US is right to call for justice in places like Darfur, Libya or Sri Lanka but there can’t be double standards.”
For the uninitiated, a few links below have been provided to give you an idea of how the Bush regime not only administrated torture methods on detainees but also justified each and every one of them:
Appalling, to say the least.
As much as I’d like to see these guys nailed for authorizing the use of torture, I’d be shocked if I saw it happen. Although U.S. legal scholars have made a decent case, I don’t see it leaving academia. The Obama administration made it clear right away that they wouldn’t be investigating any Bush officials and the United States isn’t going to let a foreign government prosecute U.S. officials at all. (See Khaled el-Masri) The U.S. can put political pressure on foreign governments, place economic sanctions on them, or whatever in order to deter any investigations.
Furthermore, they really blew it when they let John Yoo, from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, go, citing that there was no misconduct present in the interrogation memos, just “poor judgement.”
I think they got away with this one.
I just read all about waterboarding and I am so disgusted with the world.
PLEASE READ THIS. People should know that these things happen. This isn’t about left/right, liberal/conservative, dem/rep - at least, it shouldn’t be. You’d just have to be a sick, evil person to think that doing this to other humans was acceptable.