Monday, December 08, 2008

Bush Regime's Policy Permitted Thousands To Be Tortured Fueling Terrorists And Insurgent Recruitments

Anyway two more insiders of the United States military are speaking out against the Bush/Cheney Regimes reliance on torture as an interrogation method or as a tactic to fight terrorists or the insurgents in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is by now surely accepted that American soldiers, guards and interrogators have been involved in unethical, illegal, unwaranted and unproductive torture and abuse of detainees as part of the Bush Regime's Policies ( & its allies such as Great Britain and those who collaborate with them in Iraq or Afghanistan ). Torture and abuse of detainees has been on-going since shortly after 9/11 first against suspected Al Qaeda terrorists which was then extended to large numbers of detainees or enemy combatants captured in Iraq or Afghanistan and that this has continued to a lesser or greater extent up until the present time. The use of torture does not provide actionable Intel as Cheney, Rumsfeld & Condoleeza Rice claimed. Its only purpose then is to to put fear into the hearts, minds and souls of the enemy but this also does not work. In Iraq and Afghanistan the use of torture and other abuses of detainees has acted as a recruitment tool for the Insurgents and Terrorists.The more torture and abuses that occurred the greater the Insurgency became and this helped to increase the use of suicide bombers. As such abuses became widespread by the American military and its various intelligence agencies such attitudes spread throughout the US forces and a process of dehumanization of all Iraqis and Afghanistanis became the norm . Once all of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are seen as " The Enemy " and as inferior to the occupying forces the chances of any lasting pece tends to evaporate as the people whose land is occupied see anyone associted with the occupying forces as being their enemy or as being collaborators. Many American soldiers in these countries are encouraged by their peers and their officers and commanders to see the people of Iraq or Afghanistan as " Haji" as " Sand N-----" or "Camel Jockeys" etc. that is as not quite human. And so these racists views spread like a virus especially to soldiers who are redeployed again and again as the pschological strain greatly increases and they reach the breaking point and yet are kept on active duty.

GITMO Military Prosecutor Breaks His Silence
December 02, 2008 BBC

US Interrogator "Matthew Alexander" Exposes the Idiocy of the Bush Torture Regime

"Matthew Alexander," who served as an interrogator for the U.S. military in Iraq, explains the fruitlessness and counter-productivity of the Bush torture program, and describes the successful (and ethical) interrogation techniques he used to actually produce positive results.

"Matthew Alexander" is the author of the new book "How to Break a Terrorist."

From "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," December 3, 2008.

U.S. Interrogator in Iraq Says Torture Policy Has Led to Deaths of Thousands of American Soldiers

We speak with a former special intelligence operations officer who led an interrogations team in Iraq two years ago. His non-violent interrogation methods led special forces to Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. He has written a new book, “How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, To Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq.”

DN! Prosecuting (1 of 2) BUSH, CHENEY, ET AL
Attorney Scott Horton on "Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration"

We speak with Scott Horton, an attorney specializing in international law and human rights. He is also a legal affairs contributor to Harper’s magazine, where he has the cover story in the latest issue called, “Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration.” We also speak with Horton about Eric Holder, President-Elect Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general.

DN! Prosecuting (2 of 2) BUSH, CHENEY, ET AL
Attorney Scott Horton on "Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration"

On the use of torture and that it was used widely in Iraq and elsewhere by American interrogators prison guards and soldiers even after Abu Ghraib :

I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq Sunday 30 November 2008

by: Matthew Alexander, The Washington Post

Matthew Alexander led an interrogations team assigned to a Special Operations task force in Iraq in 2006. He is the author of "How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq." He is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons.

and the ACLU is petitioning the United States' government to allow for testimony of detainees about abuse and or torture while imprisoned at Guantanamo be entered into the record and be released to the public. The Bush Regime doesn't believe that the American public has a right to know or needs to know if detainees have been abused and or tortured. I fear most Americans would prefer not to know about such unpleasant matters . So if such reports were released most American citizens wouldn't bother to read or watch on tv such unpleasnt matters. They will just turn to the sports page or the comics or switch the channel to some reality show or America's Funniest Videos or Dancing with The Stars. The danger in a decadent society is not merely a matter of being uninformed but rather the desire to remain willfully uninformed.

ACLU Challenges Government Suppression of Torture Testimony at Guantánamo( 12/5/ 2008)
Censorship Threatens Public’s Right to Information About Abusive Interrogations

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - December 5 - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal challenge today to prohibit the government from censoring prisoners' testimony about torture and abuse in their military commission proceedings. Currently, the government cuts off the audio feed whenever a detainee testifies about CIA abuse so that observers cannot hear descriptions of brutal interrogations. In its motion, filed with the judge overseeing the prosecution of five defendants charged with involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the ACLU also seeks the immediate release of all transcripts of past proceedings in which the audio was turned off.

"A system that suppresses defendants' descriptions of abuse does not serve national security purposes; it only shields the government from embarrassment or criminal prosecution. That is not justice," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "It's painfully clear that all pending cases should be prosecuted in time-tested, federal civilian or military courts where the Constitution still means something. President-elect Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to shutting down the Guantánamo prison and its sham military commissions, and we are confident he will fulfill that promise."

..."There is absolutely no justification for the suppression of detainees' allegations of torture and abuse," said Ben Wizner, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. "It is both illegal and immoral to torture prisoners, and then, by virtue of the prisoners' ‘exposure' to secret torture techniques, enforce a permanent gag on their communication with the outside world. The public has a right to know the whole truth about the brutal interrogation policies of the last seven years to make sure that the Bush administration's disastrous mistakes are not repeated."

and so it goes,

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