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2-star General Accuses WH of War Crimes

2-star General Accuses WH of War Crimes

Washington Post
June 18, 2008

The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability.

In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees.” He called the abuse “systemic and illegal.” And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.

Now, in a preface to a Physicians for Human Rights report based on medical examinations of former detainees, Taguba adds an epilogue to his own investigation.

The new report, he writes, “tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individual’s lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.

“The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ever justified. Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full-scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted –both on America’s institutions and our nation’s founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend.

“In order for these individuals to suffer the wanton cruelty to which they were subjected, a government policy was promulgated to the field whereby the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice were disregarded. The UN Convention Against Torture was indiscriminately ignored. . . .

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”

Pamela Hess of the Associated Press has more on the report, which resulted from “the most extensive medical study of former U.S. detainees published so far” and “found evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders.”

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At Least 25 Detainees Murdered In U.S. Custody

Think Progress
June 20, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=izhfKIONGMY

At today’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights hearing on torture, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, told Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that over 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody, with up to 27 of these declared homicides:

NADLER: Your testimony said 100 detainees have died in detention; do you believe the 25 of those were in effect murdered?

WILKERSON: Mr. Chairman, I think the number’s actually higher than that now. Last time I checked it was 108.

A February 2006 Human Rights First report found that although hundreds of people in U.S. custody had died and eight people were tortured to death, only 12 deaths had “resulted in punishment of any kind for any U.S. official.”

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’If detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong’
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/n..etainee_dies_youre_doing_i.html

Does McCain Support Amending The Constitution To Overturn The Supreme Court’s Habeas Decision?
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/june2008/200608_b_mccain.htm

Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red Cross
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/41394.html

John Yoo’s ongoing falsehoods in service of limitless government power
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/17/yoo/index.html

 



House Passes Ban on Waterboarding

House Passes Ban on Waterboarding

Think Progress
December 13, 2007

In a 222-199 vote, the House today passed the FY2008 Intelligence Authorization bill, which bans waterboarding and confines the CIA “to the interrogation tactics permitted by the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) remarked, “[This] means no more torture, no more waterboarding, no more clever wordplay, no more evasive answers, no more dishonesty.”

Watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuEmUcNlzNg

Yesterday, 30 retired generals and admirals wrote to Congress and urged lawmakers to ban waterboarding.

 

Fox News ‘Comedian’ Declares ‘Waterboarding: It’s A Good Thing’

Think Progress
December 12, 2007

In a FoxNews.com column, Greg Gutfeld — host of Fox’s 2 a.m. “dark humor” news show you’ve never heard of — writes this “comedic” defense of waterboarding:

Now, waterboarding might be torture, but as long as people I hate also hate waterboarding, then I love it more than life itself. … So I cherish waterboarding. I want to make it our national sport, our national bird. I want to make the waterboard the state flower of Vermont, instead of the Birkenstock.

For too many conservatives, waterboarding is a big joke to be taken lightly. Rachel Marsden — Gutfeld’s former co-host — claimed waterboarding was simply a “CIA-sponsored swim lesson.” Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) said yesterday that waterboarding is “like swimming, freestyle, backstroke.” Conservative blogger Glenn Reynolds said he’d “be happy to” be waterboarded, and John Ashcroft suggested he’d also be willing to take the dive.

Waterboarding is not “simulated drowning.” It is drowning. As Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and William Delahunt (D-MA) explained, “The victim’s lungs fill with water until the procedure is stopped or the victim dies.” Former Navy survival instruction Malcolm Wrightson Nance explained to Congress:

In my case, the technique was so fast and professional that I didn’t know what was happening until the water entered my nose and throat. … It then pushes down into the trachea and starts the process of respiratory degradation. It is an overwhelming experience that induces horror and triggers frantic survival instincts. As the event unfolded, I was fully conscious of what was happening: I was being tortured.

Perhaps these conservative armchair torture pundits need to follow Daniel Levin’s lead and gain some first-hand enlightenment about waterboarding.

FBI agent threatened to arrest CIA interrogators in 2002.
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/13….ators-in-2002/

Bush Threatens to Veto Waterboarding Ban
http://www.seeingtheforest.com/archives/2007/12/199_republicans.htm

Pelosi and Harman Aided and Abetted 9/11 Cover Up
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2007/12/pelosi-a…-911.html

Wikileaks busts Gitmo propaganda team
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Wikileaks_busts_Gitmo_propaganda_team/?

Fox analyst: Americans not above torture, and shouldn’t be
http://rawstory.com/news/20..tter_than_1213.html

The White House and Congress Knew about the CIA Interrogation Videotapes
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2007/12…ew-of-cia.html

Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding Americans Would Be Torture
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/11/graham-waterboarding-iran/