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WikiLeaks Files Show Torture, Civilian Deaths and Contractor Abuses

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” team dig into the hundreds of thousands of documents that whistle-blowers released to the public and summarize the revelations.


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By Antonio Zighelboim, October 27, 2010 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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The American people should finally charge Bush et al with genocide.

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By bEHOLD_tHE_mATRIX, October 27, 2010 at 12:45 am Link to this comment
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While we now as citizens of the world are not capable of utilizing these horrific images and reports to improve the worldwide human experience, perhaps an enlightened generation of the future may be able to do so.  That is the hope of these releases from Wikileaks.

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By gerard, October 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

It takes guts to be a whistleblower!

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By Don, October 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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It’s sad that by their silence the US government and president Obama appear to condone rendition, torture, murder, brutality, and on, and on. They have succeeded in gaining a plea deal with a 15-year-old after 8 years of wrangling, arm twisting, and violating all manner of laws, domestic and international. For this the world condemns and scorns the US as just another bully boy, as bad as any totalitarian state of the 20th century. Indeed, there’s little to choose between America today and the fascist/communist states of the 1930s. Maybe all roads lead to a concentration camp: Americans would do well to consider that supposition before it’s too late.

The world rejoiced when Obama won the presidency; we even voted him the Nobel Peace Prize before we found out what a bust he would turn out to be. So much for faith in new presidents and “Yes We Can” slogans. How empty the rhetoric! Oh well, at least now we all know better: America is now perceived to be a hate filled totalitarian state filled with loathsomely far right religious extremists and nut cases such as Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, et al. If that is the best you can do for a “Voice” don’t bother, we’ve heard all that nonsense before in a lot of other languages too.

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By Don, October 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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The US army can lay charges, the justice department can lay charges, the president can order an investigation into the actions of US forces…the question is, why haven’t they? That soldiers commit murder in a war zone from time to time is hardly surprising, that US authorities turn a blind eye to proof of murder is however. How can anyone respect a country whose soldiers commit such despicable and cowardly actions, especially when their government supports those actions wholesale? Much of the world admired America at one time but now see them as just another totalitarian regime whose morality is on a par with the very worst of the fascist or communist states from the 20th century.

Torture. Your government condones the use of torture as a matter of normal everyday interrogation techniques. It’s not used as a special, last resort technique to discover the bomb in the crowd but as a matter of course. No self respecting person can fathom how so-called civilized people could stoop so low. I guess anyone can become a Nazi after all.

My respect and admiration for the US has taken a huge hit. I still love the many and varied landscapes, the people I’ve met on my trips have been genuinely warm and friendly, some of the nicest people on the planet, but as a whole, the aggressive military posturing, the disregard of international law when it becomes too inconvenient, the torture, rendition, brutality, murder, and all the rest of the muck and mire demands attention from the highest possible levels but instead there is collusion of the worst possible sort. It’s disgraceful, demoralizing, and is perhaps the best possible terrorist recruitment being carried out today. You reap what you sow and one day, when the empire crumbles, you may get back what you’ve sown ten times ten.

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By Charle, October 26, 2010 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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Will wikileaks documents ever change anything or are these just symbolic gestures of freedom of speech?

The torturers are free, people who killed the civilians will never be charged and the contrators abuses will never make it to documents in a court room.

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