Ayaan Hirsi Ali Everyone followed the cartoon crisis, or the crisis about the cartoon drawings of Mohammed in Denmark. That led to an explosion of violence because large groups of Muslims still will not accept criticism of their religion. Over and over again, when in the name of Islam, human blood is shed, Muslims are very quiet. When drawings are made or some perceived slight or offences given by writing a book, or making a drawing, or in some way criticising the dogmas of Islam, people take to the streets.
The Road From Abu Ghraib: Torture is still up for grabs in America. No one questions anymore whether the CIA waterboarded one individual 83 times or another times. The basic facts are no longer in dispute either by those who champion torture or those who, like myself, despise the very idea of it.
No one questions whether some individuals died being tortured in American custody. No one questions that it was a national policy devised by those at the very highest levels of government.
Now, the nation awaits the newest chapter in the torture debate without having any idea whether it will close the book on American torture or open a path of pain and shame into the distant future. April 28th marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country.
While American servicemen and women smiled and gave a thumbs up, naked men were threatened by dogs, or were hooded, forced into sexual positions, placed standing with wires attached to their bodies, or left bleeding on prison floors.
Revelations The odyssey started with the shock of those "60 Minutes II" photos, followed two days later by the reporting of veteran New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh. Having seen even more grim photographs and interviewed many in the chain of command stretching from Abu Ghraib to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon, Hersh painted a picture of a deliberate policy of abuse.
With this anything-goes green light switched on, the memos proceeded to expressly approve individual methods of abuse previously defined as torture for American interrogators.
Used in combination and repeatedly, these were known to destroy the human psyche and bring severe pain to the body as well. The trail of evidence went right to the top. Rumsfeld approved the use of special techniques in a December memo. Bush was left in the dark for long, if at all.
He even pulled his men away from CIA interrogations of terror suspects, including the one that ended with the brutal waterboarding of suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah 83 times. Michael Chertoff, the head of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice and the future head of the Department of Homeland Security, abruptly left a meeting at which he was asked to give immunity in advance to those who would use harsh interrogation techniques.
He refused to do so. But no one went public.
All told, there were no vocal dissidents when it came to the torture policy; no one resigned over it; no one even leaked the story to the media to protest the evisceration of American values and the constitutional or legal principles involved.
After all, torture is against the law in the United States, as well as under international law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Americans and their officials would wake up, shake off the bad episodes, and move on in law-abiding fashion.
But these predictions -- and they were widespread -- proved wrong. They were in need of punishment, to be sure, but no one else was. And as for those memos, they were just drafts and suggestions, not accepted policy at all.
All concluded that what had occurred there violated military code. George Bush was decisively reelected sixth months after the first stories on Abu Ghraib broke. The implications of reelecting a president who had presided over a policy of torture soon came further into focus.
In November ,Washington Post reporter Dana Priest documented the existenceof " black sites ," secret CIA prisons scattered in eight countries around the world. They had been set up to interrogate detainees without any fear of being bothered by the U.April 28th marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country.
On that day a decade ago, the TV news magazine "60 Minutes II" broadcast the first photographs from that American-run . At Abu Ghraib, no such standards or plans for detainee interrogation were instituted and chaos replaced the void created with the absence of proper command and control and the application of operational art through coordinated pre-planning.
HBO's documentary "The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," aired a few days ago, is yet another attempt to use the scandal to portray the Bush administration as soft on torture. A Description of the Horrors of Abu Ghraib by Robert Alt.
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