Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Torture debate at times glosses over facts (Prabhu | The Tennesseean)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU
 
struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 03:38 AM
Original message
Torture debate at times glosses over facts (Prabhu | The Tennesseean)
By SARITHA PRABHU May 22, 2009

... Fact No. 1 is that 108 detainees have died in U.S. custody since 2002, according to Human Rights First. According to the U.S. military's own classification, 34 of these were suspected or confirmed homicides. Human Rights First has further identified 11 detainees who died of physical abuse, and eight who were tortured to death ...

The facts show that not all detainees at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib and Bagram were terrorists or al- Qaida fighters. According to an extensive McClatchy investigation, U.S. terrorist prisons often held innocent men who were imprisoned after raids or bomb blasts. In other words, a large number of detainees were the equivalent of Afghan and Iraqi Joe-the-plumber types who were sometimes harshly interrogated for information they didn't have. A military interrogator has said, "If they weren't terrorists before, they certainly could be now."

It is interesting that some of the same Republicans who wanted to invade Iraq because Saddam Hussein tortured his own people, now make the case that we should practice "torture lite" on captured Iraqis and Afghans ...

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090522/COLUMNIST010...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 05:46 AM
Response to Original message
1. Don't Confuse Us With the Facts
Tell us those little white lies, Dick.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 06:36 AM
Response to Original message
2. I wonder
I wonder how many of these detainees died as a result of receiving our new and improved "torture lite" treatments?

Water boarding 186 times works!

All the ruined lives and minds of innocent people just because Cheney over reacted to fucking up 9/11 and allowing it to happen through sheer incompetence! (Or MIHOP or LIHOP, if you prefer)

Hey Dick; Stupid and evil is no way to go through life, son!

-90% Jimmy
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 07:23 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. just think how many died before getting to that magical 186th time ...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
pmorlan1 Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 07:40 AM
Response to Original message
4. at times glosses over facts?
I would submit that almost every discussion in the media, especially on cable, CONSISTENTLY glosses over the facts.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Aug 28th 2014, 06:43 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC