Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Enhanced interrogation techniques = sadism.

It's time to call a sadist a sadist. There was no way that Bush's go ahead for "enhanced interrogation" would not turn into useless and harmful torture for the sake of torture.  Anyone with only s glimmer of understanding of history and human psychology would believe that, given complete control over others, seemingly decent people would act intelligently and kindly.  Bush has destroyed America's good name, and the only way to regain it is to hold him, Cheney and Rumsfeld responsible for war crimes.  Americans who acquiesced in the torture should be treated with the same scorn that we reserve for Nazis who claim that they didn't know about the holocaust.  They should never be allowed near positions or power or responsibility again.

Official American Sadism - The New York Review of Books
"Why was Mohammed Jawad tortured?" Major Frakt asked. "Why did military officials choose a teenage boy who had attempted suicide in his cell less than five months earlier to be the subject of this sadistic sleep deprivation experiment?" Officers at Guantánamo said they did not believe he had any valuable intelligence information, and he was not even questioned during the "frequent flyer program." "The most likely scenario," Major Frakt said, "is that they simply decided to torture Mr. Jawad for sport, to teach him a lesson, perhaps to make an example of him to others."

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