"You can get anyone to confess to anything if the
torture is bad enough." - Bob Baer, CIA officer
Many torturers adopted the posture of
a doctor or surgeon and imagine that their
other torments are
therapeutic - that they are administering medicine to their prisoners -
dirty diseased golem.
Fishback, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, witnessed detainees in Fallouja
being tortured. A sergeant reported to Human Rights Watch that "we would
give them blows to the head, chest, legs and stomach, pull them down and kick
dirt on them." Another sergeant witnessed a soldier tell a prisoner "to grab a
pole and to bend over" and then he "broke the guy's leg with a mini Louisville
Slugger." As well all three witnessed kicks to prisoner's faces, chests and
abdomens as well as chemical compounds poured onto eyes and skin.
Captain Ian Fishback stated that torture was being meted out at the
behest of military intelligence to soften prisoners up for interrogation while
Donald Henry Rumsfeld was
telling the Congressional Armed Services Committee that the military was
obeying the rules of the Geneva Convention.
"I was immediately
concerned that the army was taking part in a lie to the Congress, which would
have been a clear violation of the Constitution. "Enhanced" interrogation
technique that violated the Geneva Convention found their way into army
systems. The problem was systemic, and it was widespread." - Captain Ian
2001 Parents Television Council estimates, there are 102 torture
scenes on televison.
2002 to 2005 Parents
Television Council estimates there are 624 torture scenes on televison, and
the torturers are increasingly heroes rather than villains.
The hit Fox
action drama "24" featured 67 torture scenes in it's first 5 seasons and most
of those depicted torture being used by "heroic" American counter-terrorist
Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general, publicly promotes the use
2001 George Walker Bush signs a
secret unnumbered Executive Order on September
17, 2001, on the advice of Alberto Gonzales, that authorized the use of
'enhanced interrogation techniques'.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an alleged
high-ranking al-Qa`ida official, is captured in Pakistan.
director of the CIA took over Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi interrogation.
al-Shaykh al-Libi was 'water-boarded' then forced to remain standing overnight
in a cold cell, where he was repeatedly soaked with icy water.
interrogators threatened to kill his family.
Under torture, Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally broke.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimed to
be a "senior terrorist operative" who was offered
biological/chemical weapons training
for al-Qa`ida associates in
al-Libi was desperate to stop the water-boarding torture so he imagined
A Defense Intelligence Agency memo warned that Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi 's information was "misleading as he may be describing
scenarios that he knows will retain interrogators interests."
2004 "We have long since made clear
that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the
rights of American citizens." - Sandra Day O'Connor, Hamdi vs.
2008 CIA director
Michael Hayden, during a Senate intelligence hearing on Feb. 5, 2008,
admits waterboarding was used in 2002 and 2003.
"It was used on Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed. It was used on Abu Zubaydah. And it was used on (Abd al-Rahim
al-) Nashiri." - Michael Hayden
Justice Department releases 2005 legal memos that detailed the
use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003.
Waterboarding was used on Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and on Zubaydah at least 83 times.
Shaikh Mohammed claims he gave false information to the CIA even after
undergoing punishing bouts of enhanced interrogations.
"I make up
stories." - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "admitted" to
US Navy Commander Alphonso Doss' team at
Guantanamo that he was
one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
"The self-incrimination of Khalid
Sheik Mohammed stands today as the only evidence the US government has that
Muslim terrorists pulled off 911.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted all
16 US intelligence agencies along with those of all US allies or
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted the
National Security Council,
Dick Cheney, the Pentagon, the
Department, NORAD, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused Airport Security to fail four times in one
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused the state-of-the-art air defenses
of the Pentagon to fail, allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all
morning while the US Air Force, for the first time in history, was unable to
get aloft intercepter aircraft, to crash into the Pentagon.
Sheik Mohammed has these superhuman capabilities, how did the incompetent
Americans catch him?
This guy is a patsy tortured into confession in
order to keep the American naifs believing
the governments conspiracy theory.
What is going on here is that the US government has to bring the 911 mystery to
an end." - Paul Craig Roberts, The Road to Armageddon: The Insane Drive for
American Hegemony Threatens Life on Earth
Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the man found to
be officially responsible by the US governmnet for the planning and execution
of 911, not Saddam Hussein or
Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Alphonso Doss was found dead by an employee of the Astoria
Hotel at 150 Park Avenue, Orange Park who found the body about 8:45 a.m. Feb.
Media reports of his death, which appeared two weeks later,
suggested Alphonso Doss had substance abuse problems.
"I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big
supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques. I signed off on it; others
did, as well." - Richard Bruce
Richard Bruce Cheney personally authorized the torture of 33
suspected terrorist detainees and approved the waterboarding of
On March 8, 2008, George Walker Bush vetoed congressional
legislation that called for a specific ban on waterboarding and other abusive
"enhanced" interrogation technique, including stripping prisoners naked,
subjecting them to extreme cold and staging mock executions.
waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed." -
Japanese soldiers were prosecuted for the war crime of
waterboarding American soldiers during World War II.
been referred to as "simulated drowning." Since the technique involves filling
a person's lungs with water, it is plainly no simulation but is in fact
drowning. This particular form of torture sometimes results in death, and the
cause of death is drowning, not simulated drowning. Victims do not simulate
death. They die, pure and simple." - James Caufield
previous historical prosecution of torture as a war crime, any member of the
George Walker Bush administration who has either participated in or facilitated
waterboarding should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." - Stephen
The Abu Ghraib
prison torture scandal sheds light on the common reality of American
incarceration. Abu Ghraib mirrors the American prison
system - underfunded, inadequately supervised, lacking civilian oversight,
unaccountable and tolerant of inmate abuse.
FOIA request reveals at least 92 "enhanced
interrogations" had been videotaped.
One of the 'enhanced interrogation
techniques' is the 'Palestine hanging' were the
victim is hung from the wall or ceiling by his wrists which are hand cuffed
behind his back.
are nearly the same as crucifixion, Jesus' fate.
Another 'enhanced interrogation
technique' is 'water
boarding', first used in the Spanish Inquistion, were the
victim is repeatedly dunked under water and his/her lungs are filled to the
point of drowning.
Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to former secretary of
state Colin L. Powell, claimed the office of
Cheney, aides of Donald Henry
Rumsfeld and others argued "the president of the United States is all
powerful and as commander in chief the president of the United States can do
anything he damn well pleases."
|In July 2008 Sweden agreed
to pay a $502,000 in compensation to Muhammed Alzery. Sweden handed over
Muhammed Alzery to CIA agents who transported him to Egypt where he was
tortured at the CIA's behest.
opinion of nation state citizens in regard
|| Against all torture*
|| Some degree permissible*
|| Neither/Don't Know
| *27,000 respondents in 25 countries were asked which
position was closer to their own views:
Source: BBC/Globescan/PIPA 2006
- Clear rules against torture should be
maintained because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken
international human rights standards
- Terrorists pose such an extreme threat
that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of torture if it may
gain information that saves innocent lives.
majority of Jewish respondents in Israel, 53%, favour allowing governments to
use some degree of torture to obtain information from those in custody, while
39% want clear rules against it. The Islamic and Christian respondents skew the
overall Israel number down.
"Various sources report that methods of
torture in Israeli prisons include: Prisoners are forced to stand for long
periods of time. Prisoners are refused toilet privileges. Prisoners have thick
bags put over their heads and their arms are tied behind their backs with
handcuffs designed so that any movement increases the pressure on their wrists.
Prisoners have their stomachs stomped on and are repeatedly kicked like
animals. Prisoners' testicles are squashed and they are beaten upon their
genitals. Prisoners' hair are pulled; their heads beaten against the wall; and
they are left hanging heads down. A stick is pushed up the anus of a prisoner.
Cigarette butts are put out on a prisoner's bare skin. Relatives are brought
in, subjected to abuse and even threatened with rape in front of prisoners.
Ball point pens are forced into the penis of prisoners. Prisoners are kept in
cells 28 inches wide by 6 feet long for weeks at a time." - Jack Berstein
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