posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 11:09 AM
I first saw this report last night on "The Daily Show" and thought to myself; "it's about f#ing time" that somebody addressed the fact that
torture was utilized by the previous administration and no one has been held accountable in any way.
While I don't place as much blame on Obama and our current administration as the title may imply, I do agree that he hasn't done enough and I've
written him several times on this very subject.
However, I do put a lot of the blame on our current Congress, as it was they who blocked President Obama's attempts to close GITMO early on. I
believe that, had GITMO been closed and the detainees tried in american courts, the undeniable truth would have come out and justice would demand that
those responsible for implementing torture policies be held accountable.
Here's the source article, (as well as a few excerpts) from which I derived the title for this thread;
By this point, there really should be no doubt in anyone's mind that torture was widely used during the last administration -- and that nothing
like that should ever happen again.
The new, comprehensive report out today from an august, bipartisan commission goes a long way toward making that abundantly, authoritatively clear,
laying the blame fully at the feet of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other top officials.
There's also a matter of law. That U.S. officials involved with detention in the CIA's black sites committed war crimes and violated
interntional law, which the report concludes to be self-evident, isn't something Obama is allowed to ignore.
It actually violates the U.S.' legal obligations under the international Convention Against Torture, which requires each country to "[c]riminalize
all acts of torture, attempts to commit torture, or complicity or participation in torture," and "proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation,
wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committed in any territory under its jurisdiction."
The report notes the "crucial support" to the torture regime provided by people in the medical and legal fields, which it says raises "profound
ethical questions for both professions."
And weighing into territory recently plowed during the debate over the movie Zero Dark Thirty and its depiction of torture as providing useful
information, the report notes that there is no evidence to support that view, and points out that the people saying torture worked have "inherent
credibility issues," one of which is that they are the ones "who actually who authorized and implemented the very practices that they now assert to
have been valuable tools in fighting terrorism."
Here's some other articles covering the release of this report;
The actual report in it's entirety can be read here; detaineetaskforce.org...
The absolute disregard for international law, not to mention basic human rights, by the Bush administration is just disgusting and IMO, equate to
"crimes against humanity."
As far as I'm concerned, until such time as we hold those responsible for these atrocities accountable in a court of law, the terms "under God"
and/or "justice for all" have no business being included in our pledge of allegiance.