Wednesday, November 29, 2006

We Are All Tortures Now!--Warning very graphic

I saw this video earlier and it made me sick to my stomach. I expect that the war cheerleaders will say that it is hypocritical to post this and ignore the the fact that Saddam tortured Iraqis as well. It's apparent that nobody has a monopoly on torture. I'm outraged by all of it. But are things so terrible in this country now that we are being measured by the same stick that Saddam was measured by?

Extraordinary Rendition:
Extraordinary rendition is an American extra-judicial procedure which involves the sending of untried criminal suspects, suspected terrorists or alleged supporters of groups which the US Government considers to be terrorist organizations, to countries other than the United States for imprisonment and interrogation. Critics have accused the CIA of rendering suspects to other countries in order to avoid US laws prescribing due process and prohibiting torture, even though many of those countries have, like the US, signed or ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Critics have called this practice "torture by proxy" or "torture flights".

From Information Clearing House

Warning: This video contains graphic images and audio of torture and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Click here to watch video.

The U.S. Government has engaged in "Extraordinary Rendition", an unlawful practice in which numerous persons have been illegally detained and secretly flown to third countries, where they have suffered additional human rights abuses including torture and enforced disappearance.

These prisoners have been transported through many countries with the knowledge of their governments. By permitting the use its territory, these countries are in effect endorsing torture of the most vile nature in what the U.S. call its "war on terror".

This video provides some evidence of the type of torture engaged in by by our allies. As citizens of the U.S. each of us is responsible for the actions of our government. We are complicit in the torture, distance from the tools used to inflict pain in no way reduces our part in these disgusting acts of barbarity.

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