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NEWS: Amnesty accuses US of electroshock torture in Iraq, Afghnanistan

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 10:10 AM
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Gerald Le Melee, Amnesty International USA, has demanded a probe into accusations of US electroshock torture against Afghan and Iraqi prisoners. Amnesty says it has credible reports about the use of Taser weapons for torture purposes.
 



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WASHINGTON - Amnesty International is asking the Defense Department whether the military used Taser electric stun guns on prisoners in Iraq or Afghanistan, saying it is uneasy about reports of mistreatment and abuse.

The human rights group said it made
the request under the Freedom of Information Act after interviewing dozens of prisoners formerly held by U.S. forces.

"We do have credible evidence that certainly raises the question that Tasers might have been used," Gerald Le Melee, Amnesty International USA's deputy executive director, said Monday.

Amnesty has long expressed misgivings about the safety of Tasers and whether they are open to abuse because they can inflict severe pain without leaving marks. The group has urged law enforcement agencies to suspend the use of all electroshock weapons pending the outcome of a vigorous independent inquiry into whether the weapons pose health risks.

Taser International contends its products reduce injuries and save lives by giving police an alternative to lethal force.


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If true, these allegations would open another chapter in the unfortunate US human rights record. Electroshock torture has a long and sad history in dictatorial regimes, like Pinochet's Chile which used it's DINA torturers against thousands of democratic opponents.




posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 12:18 PM
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If true, this would be the next reason, after the re-election of Bush, for the world to dislike America. It's sad that there are always a few twisted minds everywhere, that make sure hatred and fear stays alive.



posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 01:07 PM
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If this is false, you will never hear the truth. Sadly, some will continue to push and push for "the truth" until they are satisfied that big bad America did still another thing wrong. Then they will call for the public hanging of the "guilty", the impeachment of the president, and the canonization of the terrorists.

:shk:



posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 02:08 PM
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If this is false, you will never hear the truth. Sadly, some will continue to push and push for "the truth" * * *


What's wrong with pushing for the truth? Afraid it might come out?

What will happen is we'll witness the usual tiresome and worn out song and dance of denial, followed by blame of a few rogue individuals, who will then disclose that their superiors approved it or ordered them to do it, and then the chain of culpability will gradually snake it's way up the chain of command.

Don't worry, the international community's view of the U.S. is so low that this will not hurt it one bit.



posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 03:51 PM
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So they cut heads off of innocent people and we use a Taser on them? Who's the bad guy here?



posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 06:18 PM
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Originally posted by dubiousone



If this is false, you will never hear the truth. Sadly, some will continue to push and push for "the truth" * * *


What's wrong with pushing for the truth? Afraid it might come out?

No, as long as both sides are accurately portrayed. There are always two sides to the truth.



Don't worry, the international community's view of the U.S. is so low that this will not hurt it one bit.

So what? Big deal. Who cares? We're here to make sure these scumbags don't have another chance at killing another innocent. If we gotta squeeze them a little to get the wanted info, then so be it.

If you want love, buy a puppy.



So they cut heads off of innocent people and we use a Taser on them? Who's the bad guy here?

We are, because we didn't videotape it for the apologists.





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