Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Torture in Iraq

So I'm always about an issue and a half behind on my reading of the New Yorker. Which means I just read Jane Mayer's intensely depressing and upsetting article about the death of Manadil al-Jamadi at the hands of the CIA in Abu Ghraib. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest that you do. There is no doubt in my mind that the US is torturing detainees in Iraq and Romania and Thailand and wherever else. And there's no accountability -- and will be none under this administration, McCain amendment or no McCain amendment. Furthermore, as the Guardian reports yesterday:
More than 35,000 Iraqis have been detained by American troops since the invasion of the country but only a tiny fraction have been convicted of wrongdoing....

About 21,000 have been released without ever being charged or tried. Of the 1,300 who have been charged, only half have been found guilty.

Some 13,500 Iraqis are still being detained, more than double last year's total, according to official American figures.
This means, even for those advocates of torture (and I am not one -- if every single person detained were guilty of some charge I would be against torturing any of them), that we're probably abusing a good number of innocent Iraqis.

But we won't know which ones are innocent until we torture them until they make some shit up...

Aunt Deb
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