Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Daily Torture Roundup

That's what this starting to feel like. But there's an awful lot of news about it.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice reiterated America's position that we do not engage in torture of terror war detainees (and from what I've seen, we don't), although her remarks failed to quiet global critics.

In the meantime, most people in the U.S. Britain, France and South Korea think torture is okay if warranted by the circumstances, an AP-Ipsos poll shows.

A German citizen held as a terror suspect by the U.S. claims he was tortured and files suit.

And testimony continued in Saddam's trial, with additional witnesses detailing tortune and abuse.

Saddam refused to attend the hearing today, complaining that among other things he hadn't been allowed a change of clothes in three days. Meanwhile, one of the men testifying in the trial said he'd be forced to wear the same pajamas he was arrested in for nine months while in jail.

Finally, if anyone needs a reminder about how brutal Saddam's regime was, take a read through this British government report on torture and abuse in Iraq under Saddam, if you can stomach it.

One thing is clear -- when it comes to this torture stuff, we Americans a real amateurs compared to Saddam.

1 comment:

whit said...

Here's how I see it:
1. The Senate stupidly voted to tie our hands in war time based on John McCain's misguided and vague amendment. The President has said that we do not torture. The Senate must at the very least define torture and provide some protections for our brave men who are forced to do what most of us wouldn't have the guts to do in an emergency situation. McCain's winking statement that in extreme situations our people "must do whatever must be done" isn't good enough.
2. Someone in the CIA leaked info about "torture flights and blacksites." This crime is being overlooked in the current frenzy. But it will be very interesting to see how this leak investigation proceeds.
3. Secretary Rice has reminded our Euro friends that they have known about what we do in their countries. She also reminded them that the information gleaned has prevented acts of terror in their countries.
4. We cannot allow this issue to benefit the enemy. McCain's amendment would give constitutional protections to a ruthless enemy and throw a military matter into U.S. civil courts. Look what has just happened in Florida with Sami Al-Arian. He's a terrorist and he's going to walk out of a US courtroom a free man.