Abuse Photos Show Rape.

Whilst most of the mainstream media focus on trying to justify waterboarding, General Taguba speaks of rape and other sexual abuses at Abu Ghraib in todays Telegraph.

“These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency,

At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

The Pro-Israeli Media Twist

Jonathan Broder is a CQ Weekly journalist who was on CSPAN yesterday along with Washington Times journalist Eli Lake discussing Obama’s defense and foriegn policy objectives. A lady calls in complaining of the cost of defense, and asks if our objectives could be more easily met if Israel could be made to work out a peaceful solution for the Palestinians. Taking the question, Broder puts the burden on the Arabs for refusing to ‘make peace with Israel’. The frustration is not just the reality that it is the Israeli’s who have and hold all of the cards to peace, but that the pro-Israeli US press continues to spin these issues in favor of Israel, even if, as in this case, it puts their work at odds with the facts.

Hold the Torturers Accountable

Or else we’ll all be held accountable
by Rep. Ron Paul, May 26, 2009

While Congress is sidetracked by who said what to whom and when, our nation finds itself at a crossroads on the issue of torture. We are at a point where we must decide if torture is something that is now going to be considered justifiable and reasonable under certain circumstances, or is America better than that?

“Enhanced interrogation” as some prefer to call it, has been used throughout history, usually by despotic governments, to cruelly punish or to extract politically useful statements from prisoners. Governments that do these things invariably bring shame on themselves.

In addition, information obtained under duress is incredibly unreliable, which is why it is not admissible in a court of law. Legally valid information is freely given by someone of sound mind and body. Someone in excruciating pain, or brought close to death by some horrific procedure, is not in any state of mind to give reliable information, and certainly no actions should be taken solely based upon it.

For these reasons, it is illegal in the United States and illegal under Geneva Conventions. Simulated drowning, or waterboarding, was not considered an exception to these laws when it was used by the Japanese against U.S. soldiers in World War II. In fact, we hanged Japanese officers for war crimes in 1945 for waterboarding. Its status as torture has already been decided by our own courts under this precedent. To look the other way now, when Americans do it, is the very definition of hypocrisy.

Matthew Alexander, author of How to Break a Terrorist, used non-torture methods of interrogation in Iraq with much success. In fact, one cooperative jihadist told him, “I thought you would torture me, and when you didn’t, I decided that everything I was told about Americans was wrong. That’s why I decided to cooperate.” Alexander also found that in Iraq “the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq.” Alexander’s experiences unequivocally demonstrate that losing our humanity is not beneficial or necessary in fighting terror.

The current administration has reversed its position on releasing evidence of torture by the previous administration, and we must ask why. A great and moral nation would have the courage to face the truth so it could abide by the rule of law. To look the other way necessarily implicates all of us and would of course further radicalize people against our troops on the ground. Instead, we have the chance to limit culpability for torture to those who were truly responsible for these crimes against humanity.

Not everyone who was given illegal orders obeyed them. Many FBI agents understood that an illegal order must be disobeyed, and they did so. The others must be held accountable, so that all of us are not targeted for blowback for the complicity of some.

The government’s own actions and operations in torturing people, and in acting on illegally obtained and unreliable information to kill and capture, are the most radicalizing forces at work today, not any religion, nor the fact that we are rich and free. The fact that our government engages in evil behavior under the auspices of the American people is what poses the greatest threat to the American people, and it must not be allowed to stand.

McChrystal, Copper Green, Torture and Assassination

Check out this great Esquire article about the torture occupation of Iraq and new Afghan boss McChrystal‘s role. How’d I miss this in ’06?

Muriel Kane wonders whether McChrystal ran Cheney’s global assassination hit squads.

Hersh: “…let’s say Yemen, let’s say Peru, let’s say Colombia, let’s say Eritrea, let’s say Madagascar, let’s say Kenya, countries like that…

Thanks to Douglas Valentine.