Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Torture - The "New" American Way

The ICRC report gave uniform accounts of abuse that included beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and, in some cases, waterboarding, or simulating drowning, the Post said.

The Washington Post said at least five copies of the report were shared with the CIA and top White House officials in 2007.

The newspaper said a copy of the report was obtained by Mark Danner, a journalism professor who published extensive excerpts in the April 9 edition of the New York Review of Books, released on Sunday.

"The ill-treatment to which they were subjected while held in the CIA program, either singly or in combination, constituted torture," Danner quoted the report as saying.

It is the story I have been expecting to break for years now. The Red Cross, our designated group for deciding what is torture or violating the geneva convention for other nations, finally giving a report on our country. The news last night was more graphic than the posted story above. A man interviewed that was imprisoned gave nasty details. Things like putting him in a box only big enough to crouch in for days on end, coffin like boxes that restricted air, hanging by his wrists for days, beatings, having a towel wrapped around his neck and being swung around into walls, waterboarding, and other simulated drowning activities.

The sheer horror of this happening is enough to make you cry. The fact that it was our country, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, that did these horrible acts is almost unfathomable. Yet, here it sits, in evidence for all to see, that our president, our government, treated people worse than dogs. They tortured them brutally. In many cases, they weren't ever even charged with a crime, they were let go.

The insane horrific and evil nature of these acts cannot be allow to stand unchallenged. We, as a nation, need to rise up and DEMAND accountability, and yes, even prosecution of the people involve. Obama is fond of saying that he wants to look forward no backwards.

I'm sorry Mr. President, but you could not be more wrong in this situation. By not prosecuting these crimes, you, me, and all of America become complicit in these crimes! Guilty by reason that we knew about them and said nothing. That we knew of these evil crimes, committed by fellow Americans, yet we did nothing! NO! It cannot be this way! We must prosecute for these crimes! Let the law do its job. If someone isn't guilty, then so be it. But if they are, the full extent of our American Justice system, fought for and bled for by our forefathers, should be release upon them and exact the price required by said law for their crimes!

We should DEMAND this action now!

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