20 January 2010

The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle

Kidnap, torture, murder, cover-up. The crimes of the Bush Administration continue under Obama. The United States is a criminal state.

Here is Scott Horton's account in Harper's of yet more immorality coming out of Guantamo. What is extraordinary is there are human beings who defend this twisted demented behaviour.

Read the whole thing here.. And Horton's follow-up here.

Also check-out Horton's interview with Keith Olbermann:





1 comment:

dailysketch said...

Read Glenn Greenwald's take on this "The crime of not "Looking Backward""

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/19/guantanamo/index.html

"The single biggest lie in War on Terror revisionist history is that our torture was confined only to a handful of "high-value" prisoners. New credible reports of torture continuously emerge. That's because America implemented and maintained a systematic torture regime spread throughout our worldwide, due-process-free detention system. There have been at least 100 deaths of detainees in American custody who died during or as the result of interrogation. Gen. Barry McCaffrey said: "We tortured people unmercifully. We probably murdered dozens of them during the course of that, both the armed forces and the C.I.A." Gen. Antonio Taguba said after investigating the Abu Ghraib abuses and finding they were part and parcel of official policy sanctioned at the highest levels of the U.S. Government, and not the acts of a few "rogue" agents: "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."

Despite all of this, our media persists in sustaining the lie that the torture controversy is about three cases of waterboarding and a few "high-value" detainees who were treated a bit harshly. That's why Horton's story received so little attention and was almost completely ignored by right-wing commentators: because it shatters the central myth that torture was used only in the most extreme cases -- virtual Ticking Time Bomb scenarios -- when there was simply no other choice. Leading American media outlets, as a matter of policy, won't even use the word "torture." This, despite the fact that the abuse was so brutal and inhumane that it led to the deaths of helpless captives -- including run-of-the-mill detainees, almost certainly ones guilty of absolutely nothing -- in numerous cases. These three detainee deaths -- like so many other similar cases -- illustrate how extreme is the myth that has taken root in order to obscure what was really done."