“More of the Same”

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the subject of torture, having grown tired of it feeling like so much shouting into the wind. And to be honest, I don’t have much to say about it now. The reality that it’s still going on is enough to convince me that a significant number of Americans are quite pleased with what we’ve clearly become.

The two latest news items on the issue aren’t likely to make much difference in that, but I suppose they’re worth mentioning anyway, if only in passing. Probably nobody is much going to care that a recent U.N. report accuses the U.S. of torture.

The report, compiled by five U.N. envoys who interviewed former prisoners, detainees’ lawyers and families, and U.S. officials, is the product of an 18-month investigation ordered by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The team did not have access to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Nonetheless, its findings — notably a conclusion that the violent force-feeding of hunger strikers, incidents of excessive violence used in transporting prisoners and combinations of interrogation techniques “must be assessed as amounting to torture” — are likely to stoke U.S. and international criticism of the prison.

And then there’s the new pictures from Abu Ghraib.

MORE photographs have been leaked of Iraqi citizens tortured by US soldiers at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

… Some of the photos are similar to those published in 2004, others are different. They include photographs of six corpses, although the circumstances of their deaths are not clear. There are also pictures of what appear to be burns and wounds from shotgun pellets.

The executive producer of Dateline, Mike Carey, said he was showing the pictures leaked to his program because it was important people understood what had happened at Abu Ghraib.

… Mr Carey said he could not explain why the photographs had not yet been published, as he thought it was likely that some journalists had them.

“It think it’s strange, maybe they think its more of the same.”

That pretty much sums it up. “More of the same.” And America just yawns, and then changes the channel.

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One Response to “More of the Same”

  1. It seems to me that you should be more concerned about the plight of Americans and other western world captives than you are about the terrorists.  Humiliation is not a hideous act of torture, and that’s primarily what the American fighting man is acuused of doing to his enemies in Iraq.  The incident where an Iraqi General died at the hands of his American captors has been brought to public light.  The suspects of the torture were tried and convicted of their crime.

    You sure as hell don’t see the muslim press condemning terrrorists for lopping off the heads of innocent people who for the most part were doing a job or service that was helping the Iraqi people.  Name one major paper or  muslim official who has called for the arrest and conviction of these terrorists.

    Your whole agenda is not the protestion of POW’s on either side, but it’s more of an effort to bash America and the Bush Administration in particular.

    What a sad state of emotional uproar you put yourself through.

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