18 December 2007

Our Record on Torture ~ Yes, "We" Do ....

One common response to criticisms of BushCo for engaging in torture (and other equally despicable illegal acts) as a matter of systematic policy is that this is a break with the past, an unfortunate, irregular aberration, necessitated by the GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR (or whatever new campaign slogan the politicos and their minions are using these days). In case you are tempted to buy that rationalization you should be sure to note that it is just that, a rationalization.

Here are somes sources: Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh. Administration of Torture - A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Columbia UP, 2007.; Darius Rrejali. Torture & Democracy. Princeton UP, 2007.; Alfred McCoy. A Question of Torture.: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror. Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2006. A quick read through our gruesome reliance on torture as policy should raise some questions in the minds of those who want to demonize "Muslims" and their alleged reliance on violence. Our commitments to truth and democracy and other such good things seem to be intimately intertwined with the use of torture.

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Blogger Jim Johnson said...

In response to this post my articulate Anonymous commentor has written:

"Here you go, Lefty jerk-off:


Kind of puts things into perspective, don't you think?"

The link is to a disturbing BBC news report on the discovery by American troops of a "torture facility" probably used by a-Queda in Iraq.

Anon is surely corrrect this puts everything in perspective. Like actual terrorists we too torture prisoners. Unlike them, we do so as a matter of official government policy in what is supposed to be a democratic state.

20 December, 2007 20:06  

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