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America Tortures

President Bush said, “America does not torture,” but there is evidence — documents and testimony — proving that America did torture, and that responsibility for this went all the way to the top. Now President Obama wants to “look forward” rather than going after those responsible, but as one gentleman in this video says:

    They must be prosecuted if they’ve committed war crimes, or we will shred four treaties and at least four statutes. And the problem here is that it wouldn’t make Obama an apologist, it would make him an accessory. He would be preventing the investigation of war crimes.

Another thing to keep in mind, as Bernard Chazelle pointed out today, is that America didn’t just start torturing after 9/11. Our “tradition” of torture goes back a long time, to the Phoenix program in the Vietnam War for example, or to the training of Latin American interrogators at the School of the Americas. One thing the latest outcry actually obscures, is that even if Bush and the rest are held accountable, other American administrations were just as guilty. The only difference is that in the past, they were more careful to cover their tracks.


Comment from Jalal
Time: May 3, 2009, 02:06

Sad but true, America did not rise to its own ideals, and the worse part is that everyone knows that convictions are near impossible, and prosecution will just take time, focus and political capital from today’s bigger issues of Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy, health care, Cap and trade…which are all heated political battles.

Comment from atheo
Time: May 3, 2009, 11:10

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