This is a good link containing the charges from the leading human rights organisations that Bush will choose to ignore.
But there are some really telling statements from the Bush admin and counterterrorism 'policy makers' in it, like the statement "there was a before
a 9/11 - after 9/11 the gloves are off". Some of the statements which attempt to legitimise practices of torture leave sanity behind, and they simply
align with Bush's stupid "You are either with us or against us" as a precursor to the US and his admin being unaccountable for anything.
This material will help define what is acceptable practice and what is not acceptable practice in detention in your own mind, it is worth a read
(there is a wealth of info at the link).
May 7, 2004
The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We are deeply disturbed by the photos of the treatment of prisoners by U.S. soldiers and interrogators and welcome your public condemnation of those
acts. But more than statements are required. We write to urge you to take decisive and immediate action to address a problem that we believe is not an
isolated incident, but rather illustrates a dangerous and illegal system of interrogation and detention in use by the United States in many places
around the world. As representatives of a number of major human rights organizations we request a meeting with you on an urgent basis to discuss our
recommendations for dealing with this problem.
For the past year and a half, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science
Monitor, and other leading newspapers have repeatedly quoted unnamed U.S. intelligence officials boasting about the use of torture and other
ill-treatment of prisoners. Numerous detainees have been killed or attempted suicide in custody in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay prompting
unprecedented expressions of concern by the International Committee of the Red Cross; suspects have been turned over to the foreign intelligence
services of countries, such as Syria, with records of brutal torture; the ICRC has also specifically expressed concern about conditions at Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq; and now, the US military's own inquiry has found "systemic and illegal abuse of detainees" at Abu Ghraib.
These incidents occurred across continents and over many months, but they are nevertheless linked. As Cofer Black, the head of the CIA's
Counterterrorism Center, told Congress in September 2002: "There was a before 9/11, and there was an after 9/11 .... After 9/11 the gloves come
off." Since then, intelligence officials have said repeatedly that they have a mandate to obtain information by "breaking" prisoners through a
combination of pain and humiliation, if not outright torture. The sexual humiliation of prisoners now documented at Abu Ghraib was extreme, but not
new. More than a year ago, The New York Times quoted prisoners held in Afghanistan saying that they were kept naked most of the time. Likewise, there
have been numerous reports of female guards and interrogators used in a deliberate attempt to humiliate and degrade prisoners....
So, in a nutshell, the practices have been known about, reported on, and condoned for years. You know that Rumsfeld and Bush are pathological liars,
even if you don't admit it.
(edit to fix format disrupting long URL link)
[Edited on 9-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]