What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 9, 2014


From CNN:
U.S. Marines are on high alert. So are the CIA and the White House for that matter.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle also are ready to enter the fray.

All the fuss is over the Senate Intelligence Committee's $50 million investigation of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics on detainees in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The long-delayed report on the use of torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - by the U.S. government is expected to be released Tuesday morning.
There's something to keep in mind when you're reading about the enhanced interrogation technique torture apologists saying it either worked or it was necessary in time of war: none of that matters.


Article 2.2 of the UN Convention Against Torture:
No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
For those who don't care about such mundanities as legalities, the convention was signed by Ronald Reagan in April of 1988 and ratified by the US Senate in 1994.

It's US Law.

So when you hear that it was necessary because "we were at war", that still doesn't make it legal.

Before we prosecute the torturers, let's first prosecute those who gave the orders and made it happen.


Heir to the Throne said...

Worth noting that the same people who call enhanced interrogation techniques torture say that conditions/treatment of prisoners in US high security prison are also torture.

They also say since the US prosecuted the Japanese for using the Water cure torture and it is exactly the same as waterboating.

Water cure as a phrase for a form of torture refers to a method in which the victim is forced to drink large quantities of water in a short time, resulting in gastric distension, water intoxication and possibly death.

Heir to the Throne said...

I like how the rabid Leftists tweeting about the #TortureReport keep saying Bush / Cheney should go to jail. Report says CIA didn't tell GWB