This video from CNN in the USA says about itself:
TORTURE AND PRESIDENT BUSH… Andrew Sullivan tries to explain the deliberately confusing detainee bill. Then, Anderson Cooper interviews the Canadian that was detained, tortured, then found innocent.
For readers who, in their naivity, still believe the United States Bush administration‘s lame excuses about torture in places like Abu Ghraib being just the work of ‘bad apples’ like Private Lynndie England. From Associated Press:
Jun 17, 2008
Senator: Pentagon Wanted Abusive Interrogations
WASHINGTON ― Military officials tasked with training U.S. troops to evade enemy interrogations provided Pentagon lawyers a list of abusive tactics that could be used in prisons like Guantanamo Bay, a top Senate Democrat disclosed Tuesday.
Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the harsh techniques were then pursued despite strong objections in November 2002 by the military’s uniformed lawyers.
“If we use those same techniques offensively against detainees, it says to the world that they have America’s stamp of approval,” said Levin, D-Mich., at the onset of a committee hearing.
“That puts our troops at greater risk of being abused if they’re captured. It also weakens our moral authority and harms our efforts to attract allies to our side in the fight against terrorism.”
The hearing is the committee’s first look at the origins of the harsher methods used in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq and how policy decisions on interrogations were vetted across the Defense Department. Its review fits into a broader picture of the government’s handling of detainees, which includes FBI and CIA interrogations in secret prisons.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the administration’s legal analysis on detainees and interrogations following the Sept. 11 attacks will “go down in history as some of the most irresponsible and shortsighted legal analysis ever provided to our nation’s military and intelligence communities.”
See also here.
New York Times covers up for “confused” US military torturers: here.
Update October 2008: here.
Bagram, Afghanistan: here.