I’ve written so often on this topic that I feel I should set aside a page to link to the various posts on torture. I believe this topic should be the most important topic America talks about right now, aside from the war in Iraq itself. Outside the war in Iraq, nothing has done more considerable damage to America than our support of torture policies. These things done in secret will haunt us for generations to come unless we come clean of them now!
UPDATED: April 8, 2008
I want to add in here Scott Horton’s “A Tale of Three Lawyers.” Much has been revealed in the last few months about the Bush administration’s violations of law and of their lawyers’ attempts to justify torture. This is yet another example of this. This is a great shame to our wonderful nation.
I have to add this amazing timeline detailing how the CIA tortured detainees and how the orders came from the very top, from George W. Bush.
This one discusses the use of sleep deprivation, giving examples of what Soviet prisoners testified happened to them.
This one begins to talk about the show “24” and its use of torture. It also gives examples of how ineffective torture was on our enemies.
This one discusses much and provides Vladimir Bukovsky’s testimony about what torture he had to endure as a prisoner of the Soviet Union.
This one provides two examples of individuals who endured torture and the psychological post-torture effects.
This one shows the negative effects of sleep deprivation and also provides a link to the Convention Against Torture, which as it was ratified by the Senate is Constitutionally the Law of the Land:
The 1984 Convention for the Prevention of Torture, ratified by the US in 1994, clearly states that: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may by invoked as a justification of torture.”
This one provides even more evidence that information extracted from torture tends to be very unreliable.
This link provides even more evidence that torture is ineffective, and at its heart has its purpose to completely dehumanize an individual. What’s the point of dehumanizing a person if the effort does not even produce desired results?
This one is a personal criticism of Romney, who is a Mormon and who should know better. Unfortunately, many Mormons are showing that they do not know better at this point in time.
This one provides information from an op-ed written by a former interrogator of Iraqi prisoners. It highlights the nightmares he’s been dealing with ever since.
This one commentates on an article describing the effects of the show “24”, its support from the Bush administration, and its use in the field by untrained American soldiers.
This one refers to an op-ed of a man tortured by America who is suing our country over the torture he experienced.
This one is about David Hicks, the Australian Taliban, who is so dehumanized that he cannot take a call from his family because of what he experienced in Gitmo.
I ask this question, because Jose Padilla, tortured by the Bush administration, is an American citizen, arrested on American soil, and tortured in an American brig. Your son or daughter could be next. And legally, with the Military Commissions Act of 2006, you don’t have much of a say about it.
An American was tortured by Americans in Iraq. In a case of mistaken identity. Shows that it still is happening in Iraq.
Colonel Herrington is interviewed on Hugh Hewitt’s show about effective interrogation, and guess what, torture is not on the list of actual effective interrogation. Imagine that.
I talk about a recent article in the American Journal of Bioethics about medical doctors participating in Nazi…er I mean Gitmo interrogations.
Tony Lagouranis was an interrogator in Iraq who had to employ questionable techniques. Read his account.
This one gives an example of a person who went through a self-induced sleep deprivation to show the effects after just four or five days. I also talk about the torture of prisoners in Gitmo, showing examples from a recent article published in the American Journal of Bioethics.
This one compares the “confessions” of the British soldiers taken by Iran to that of KSM taken by America. Note how matter of factly we seem to accept KSM’s confession as accurate, but how easily we dismiss the confessions by the British soldiers…
Scott Horton writes in Harper’s Magazine about how the US military got to Zarqawi by employing non-torture techniques.
Mark Bowden writes in the Atlantic about torture, in what is a seminal piece of work on the subject. His conclusion is that torture (including torture-lite) should be illegal in all cases, but that some interrogators are going to have to take the risk of breaking the law, and then facing justice on his actions. Most likely, he would not be tried or convicted, if his actions are deemed necessary. He also shows that the old tried and true techniques are far more effective, but only when done by professional, well-trained interrogators. This is a must read on the subject.
This one goes into more detail about that article in the American Journal of Bioethics about the logs from Guantanamo detailing the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” or better known as torture to those of us living in the real world.
Well I hoped he would learn, but he has not. Mitt Romney still supports torture, and Republicans still love him for it. How sad.
This post discusses an article that shows how detrimental to our “war on terror” our torture policies have become, showing that our enemy gains more and more strength with each passing day that we torture one of theirs.
Showing examples of how these techniques were first employed by the Soviets and the Nazis. Normally that is not a good policy to emulate.
This links to an article in the Washington Post where three interrogators were interviewed about the ghosts they deal with from their times as interrogators applying torture on subjects.
This article shows evidence that the CIA learned their “enhanced interrogation techniques” from the Soviets. Note the language that even the Soviets attempted to justify their actions through legal mumbo jumbo. Even they knew their actions were wrong and tried to cover themselves.
Recent study proves torture doesn’t work.