Thursday, December 17, 2015

Torture Today In Almost Crime Prosecutions

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses - The New York Times:

...Americans have known about many of these acts for years, but the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality: In addition to new revelations of sadistic tactics like “rectal feeding,” scores of detainees were waterboarded, hung by their wrists, confined in coffins, sleep-deprived, threatened with death or brutally beaten. In November 2002, one detainee who was chained to a concrete floor died of “suspected hypothermia.”

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture...


bonneyanne said...

Please be very careful when posting anything by the New York Times. As your post just prior to this notes, they have a very serious credibility problem (I would emphasize, especially when any woman is the focus of their story).

The Times story linked to in your blog focuses all its outrage on a report published over a year ago, on December 9th, 2014.

Hillary Clinton, to whom the Times has been an implacable enemy, called for prosecution for these crimes in her townhall speeches in 2008. Yet the Times, as well as the Washington Post and other major outlets, have shown no moral outrage over the illegal acts of the Bush administration. Until now.

Bad faith is the least of what the New York Times is showing in this long overdue piece of false outrage. I believe that, in company with the rest of the corporate owned U.S. media, their sole purpose is to ensure a Republican administration, by whatever means possible.

Bob Harrison said...

I'm confused by your comment. The NYT is not a liberal newspaper by any stretch of the imagination and yes they have a credibility problem, stemming largely from their stifling case of Bothsiderism and their drumbeating support of the Iraq War. The point of the post is that the report must be truly awful for the NYT to actually call for action. As for SOS Clinton, I am a long time supporter and know her position(s). I absolutely 100% agree with your last paragraph. Anyway, thanks for the comment!