Part One: Torture now apart of America’s history

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abughraib0.jpgU.S. policies have surely changed over the last couple of decades in terms of America’s policies towards the treatment of prisoners and its OWN citizens. Yes, American citizens! The days of the U.S. condemning and prosecuting officials that practice torturing techniques like waterboarding during WWII is now over. Our own government now justifies that this is acceptable along with many of techniques such as beating someone to near collapse. And I want to remind you that if you say “well I’m not a terrorist, why should I care about other people being torture?” Let me remind you that by the recent ratification of Bill S 3930, President Bush can now claim anyone an “illegal combatant” and drag them off the street and conduct torture on that person.

One example of the blatant lies by the U.S. government is lying is that early this year they denied having secret prisons where the torturing was taking place. At Abu Ghraib Major General Antonia Taguba wrote a report that became public stating:

“Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.”

You can read the full Taguba Report here.

The Washington Post has posted a copy of the “Torture Memo” and I encourage everyone to read it to see what this administration has done. It is formally known as “Re: Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. 2340-2340A,” from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel for Alberto R. Gonzales, counsel to President Bush.

What are your thoughts on the issue of torture? Has Bush gone too far with his abuse of powers? Have we as American citizens done a poor job in letting him go this far?

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