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Ear to the Ground

Secret Report Documents CIA Torture

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Posted on Mar 16, 2009
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

Soldiers stand guard over a maximum-security cellblock at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where the International Committee of the Red Cross interviewed alleged victims of U.S. torture.

President Bush repeatedly claimed that the United States, under his leadership, did not torture, but a confidential report prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross found otherwise. The ICRC has a unique global role in monitoring the treatment of prisoners.

The report was not meant for public consumption. However, journalist Mark Danner was able to obtain a copy, which he wrote about in The New York Review of Books.

A BBC summary of some of the ICRC’s findings is below.

BBC:

The methods listed included: Suffocation by water or waterboarding; prolonged stress standing; beating by use of a collar; confinement in a box; prolonged nudity; sleep deprivation and subjection to noise and cold water; and denial of solid food.

“They never used the word ‘torture’... only to ‘hard time’,” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is quoted as saying.

“I was never threatened with death, in fact I was told that they would not allow me to die, but that I would be brought to the ‘verge of death and back again’.”

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By AFriend, March 21, 2009 at 5:10 am Link to this comment

Betsy,

I agree with just about all you wrote below but, not at the cost of America’s very survival. I have a problem with being right all the way to the mortuary.

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By Betsy J Miller, March 18, 2009 at 12:16 am Link to this comment
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Whether any individual would torture another, or approve of the torture of another, is immaterial.  The point is that the United States of America should be striving to be the Platonic Ideal of democracy, leading the rest of the world by example in all we do (and don’t do).  These aren’t just words; they are the democratic idea and ideal for which the Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution that has stood the test of time and for which countless Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Torture dishonors all those people, and all of us.

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By Bill Blackolive, March 17, 2009 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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Scream of pain has nothing factual to relate.  Torture is sadism, sickest of the sick.  Nothing else ever possibly.

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By AFriend, March 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

AWM,

Thanks for the video link. If that were Khalid Mohammad I would order it done. Would I hesitate? Yes. Convince me of his role in any Sept. 11 type of activity first. That’s as far as my hesitation would allow.

I am convinced that Khalid Mohammad recently stated in writing his intentions of Jihad. He states that his goals will always remain. I am convinced that this man’s Nephew was involved in the 1993 Twin Towers bombing and the failed Bojenka plot. I believe this man openly claims involvement with the planning and logistics of 9/11.

Would I feel bad for the man in his position? To being water boarded? I would. Would I apologies for having him water boarded? Unequivocally No!

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By AWM, March 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

For demonstration of waterboarding click on the link below
The journalist being boarded volunteered after being asked to by his editor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LPubUCJv58

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