The United States of America is either for torture or against torture. Make up your minds, folks.
Meanwhile, look at how this entire episode puts the Bush administration clearly on the side of torture:
- September 25, 2001--Alberto Gonzales writes a memo stating the US can legitimately unilaterally opt out of the Geneva conventions and use torture in the "war on terror" (as they call it).
- December 2001--The Justice Department argues that US courts have no jurisdiction over Guantanamo, essentially depriving all prisoners there of due process of law.
- January 2002--Rumsfeld approves the use of "aggressive interrogation methods" at Guantanamo, including the use of attack dogs, stress positions, waterboarding, etc.
- January 2002--Gonzales characterizes the Geneva conventions "quaint" and "obsolete," and admits that without this proposition, the Bush administration opens itself to charges of war crimes.
- February 2002--the Bush administration declares prisoners of war to be "detainees," an Orwellian twisting of language that supports Gonzales's contention that the US must fight this "war" without rules, and provides cover for administration figures against war crime charges for torture.
- August 2002--Gonzales's "torture memo" defines torture only as those methods causing physical pain "equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death." At any rate, the memo also argued that ANY laws prohibiting torture do not apply to Bush's "war on terror" (as they call it).
- To the 17 interrogation methods already approved by, and included in, the Army Field Manual, Donald Rumsfeld approves an additional 16. Those 16 violate the Geneva conventions and US law.
- March 20, 2003--US invades Iraq. Abu Ghraib detention camp set up for Iraqi prisoners.
- July 26, 2003--Amnesty International already hearing allegations of abuse in Iraqi detention camps.
- August 2003--Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller takes command at Guantanamo, introduces new techniques to "get information." More than twenty POWs hang themselves in a two week period.
- September 2003--Miller is sent to Iraq by Donald Rumsfeld to "Gitmo-ize" interrogation processes at Abu Ghraib.
- December 2003--FBI agent e-mails memo to Washington describing Defense Department interrogators using "torture techniques."
- January 13, 2004--MP Joseph Darby reports abuses at Abu Ghriab to the Army's Criminal Ivestigations Unit. The "few bad apples" story begins to circulate.
- February 2004--Gen. Anthony Taguba's report notes that Miller entered Abu Ghraib with a clear intention of making detention secondary to interrogation. He put military intelligence officers in charge of the prison and demanded that "detention operations must act as an enabler for interrogation." "Ghost detainees"--hidden from the public and from the eyes of the International Red Cross--become a common phenomenon.
- May 2004--US Army acknowledges that there have been at least 34 detainee deaths in US custordy.
- May 24, 2004--President Bush speaks to the nation, blaming Abu Ghraib on "a few bad apples."
- January/March 2005--Alberto Gonzales becomes Attorney General.
- November 2005--Bush : We don't do torture.
- November 2005--Cheney : CIA is exempt from McCain anti-torture ban.
When will America finally become exhausted with all this ANTI-AMERICANISM?????