Thursday, February 24, 2005

Why are we welcoming this torturer?

Victoria Brittain, in theGuardian 24 Feb 2005:

"In prisons in Egypt, Jordan and Syria... men have been tortured by electric shocks to the genitals, by being kept in water, by being threatened with death - after being flown to those countries by the CIA for that very purpose...

"How can it be that not one mainstream public figure in Europe has denounced these appalling practices and declared that, in view of all we now know of cells, cages, underground bunkers, solitary confinement, sodomy and threatened sodomy, beatings, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, mock executions and kidnapping, President Bush and his officials are not welcome?

"Perhaps it's not surprising given the British army's own dismal record in southern Iraq...

"Why has no public figure had the honesty to admit that the democracy and freedom promised for the Middle East are fake and mask US plans to leave Washington dominant in the area? And why does no one say publicly that what is really happening in the "war on terror" is a war on Muslims that is creating a far more dangerous world for all?

"A s far back as September 2002, a secret CIA study into the Guantánamo detainees suggested that many were innocent..."

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