Wednesday, December 13, 2006

America: The Torture Experts

Remember Jose Padilla of the dirty bomb fame? He has been held in almost total sensory deprivation for more than three years. George Monbiot in the Guardian has an excellent column exposing the abuse and torture of thousands of prisoners, including Mr Padilla. According the the New York Times, some were made to stand for days, naked, with their hands chained to the ceiling, unable to sleep.
As Mr Monbiot says, this has nothing to do with extracting information, information that is questionable at best. It's all about power. It sounds to me like we are creating a whole new army of terrorists.
I can only feel shame when I read about this behavior. This is not my America!


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