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America Tortures

16 Feb

On October 5th, 2007, President George W. Bush said, “This government does not torture people”.

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Well, the facts beg to differ.  The oft-maligned American Civil Liberites Union (ACLU) has issued thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests in regards to documentation and case details of Bush Administration authorization of torture and the results of those policies.  If you haven’t been following along, you should.  It’s an incredible list which documents American malfeasance and the expansion of executive branch authority.  Shocking, absolutely shocking.

The torture at BCP takes many forms, including beatings, sleep deprivation, being chained standing to a fixed object for periods exceeding 24 hours, allegations of sexual torture and humiliation, allegations of the use of dogs both to degrade and frighten the detainees, and degradation through the forced performance of emasculating and disgusting tasks, such as the forcing of a detainee to pick plastic bottle caps out of a latrine can filled with feces.

Consider the case of Binyam Mohammed.

Binyam Mohamed is a 30-year-old Ethiopian who was granted political asylum in Britain in 1994. In 2002, he was seized by Pakistani authorities and turned over to American intelligence officials in connection with the Bush Administration’s extraordinary renditions program. He was shuttled between CIA-operated facilities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Morocco. During this period of American-sponsored detention, according to court papers, Binyam Mohamed was “routinely beaten, suffering broken bones and, on occasion, loss of consciousness. His clothes were cut off with a scalpel and the same scalpel was then used to make incisions on his body, including his penis. A hot stinging liquid was then poured into open wounds on his penis where he had been cut. He was frequently threatened with rape, electrocution, and death.” He is now reported to be close to death in a prison cell in Guantánamo.

With what evidence are they holding Mr. Mohammad?  As it turns out, not much.

Mind you, he was captured in Pakistan in April 2002. As of Jan. 27, 2009, he has been held at Guantánamo for four years four months. War crimes charges against Mr. Mohamed have been dismissed but may be refiled.

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These things were done in our name.  It’s time to hold President Bush accountable for these actions.