Re: How do you rationalize torture of Iraqis
posted at 11/22/2010 5:36 PM EST
Those tortured in Iraq weren't alledged terrorists. These were Iraqis picked up after the "Mission Accomplished". They wanted information about WMDs, Al Qeada, and later, the insurgents.
I read that the reason the Al Qeada terrorists were water boarded so much was because the interrogators were looking for links between Al Qeada and Iraq. The torture wasn't to find out about "impending terrorism actions". They wanted the Al Qeada members to state that they had been supported by Saddam.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/washington/12detainee.html?_r=1
"A report released Thursday by leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld
, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib
in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay
, Cuba; and other military detention centers.
The report was issued jointly by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the panel, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican. It represents the most thorough review by Congress to date of the origins of the abuse of prisoners in American military custody, and it explicitly rejects the Bush administration’s contention that tough interrogation methods have helped keep the country and its troops safe.
The report also rejected previous claims by Mr. Rumsfeld and others that Defense Department policies played no role in the harsh treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 and in other episodes of abuse.
The abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the report says, “was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own” but grew out of interrogation policies approved by Mr. Rumsfeld and other top officials, who “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.”