Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Good Ol' American Torture...
It seems that US interrogators have once again stepped over the line and engaged in torture to procure valuable, life saving information from Bin Laden's aid Abu Zubaydah. He was stripped naked and made to listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers...
"...US President George W Bush mentioned Zubaydah’s case in a speech last Wednesday, insisting that he had never authorised torture, but arguing that methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency in its interrogations had helped uncover other Al Qaeda plots.
However, citing interviews with nearly a dozen current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials whom it did not name, The New York Times said the interrogation of Zubaydah had caused a rupture between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA that has yet to heal.
According to the report, Zubaydah was interrogated in a secret safe-house in Thailand, where he was brought shortly after his capture in the early spring of 2002.
Zubaydah, who was seriously wounded during his capture, was initially questioned by FBI agents, who used standard interview techniques, the Times said.
They bathed Zubaydah, changed his bandages, gave him water, urged improved medical care, and spoke with him in Arabic and English, languages in which he is fluent.
But the team was then replaced by CIA operatives, who came armed with a sweeping classified directive signed by Bush on September 17, 2001, which authorised the CIA to capture, detain and interrogate terrorism suspects, providing the foundation for a secret-prison system abroad, according to the report.
The new CIA team concluded that under standard questioning, Zubaydah was revealing only a small fraction of what he knew, and decided that more aggressive techniques were warranted, the Times said.
At times, Zubaydah, still weak from his wounds, was stripped and placed in a cell without a bunk or blankets, the paper said.
He stood or lay on the bare floor, sometimes with air-conditioning adjusted so that, one official said, Zubaydah seemed to turn blue.
At other times, the interrogators piped in deafening blasts of music by groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the paper said.
Sometimes, the interrogator would use simpler techniques, entering his cell to ask him to confess...." (source)
Nick Berg and Matt Maupin would have prayed for this torture.
1) the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
2.a method of inflicting such pain.
3.Often, tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.
4.extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.
5.a cause of severe pain or anguish. (source)
Can we at least call it "unpleasant coercion" or something as not to belittle those that have actually been tortured?
And in other news of the Evil Empire inflicting torture... it's been said that Saddam is being made to watch himself portrayed on South Park as the devil's gay lover...over and over.
"Hussein is currently being held in prison by Marines while he stands trial on genocide charges.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was banned in Iraq on its release in 1999 for portraying the leader as a homosexual.
Matt Stone [the show's creator] says, "I have it on pretty good information from the Marines on detail in Iraq that they showed him the movie. That's really adding insult to injury. I bet that made him really happy." (source)
...God I hope this is true... ;)