Friday, May 20, 2005

Allied Torture
More of the allied torture reports keep comming out; The US Army’s report into prisoner ‘abuse’ in Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan makes very stomach-churning reading....In sworn statements to Army investigators, soldiers describe one female interrogator with a taste for humiliation stepping on the neck of one prostrate detainee and kicking another in the genitals. They tell of a shackled prisoner being forced to roll back and forth on the floor of a cell, kissing the boots of his two interrogators as he went. Yet another prisoner is made to pick plastic bottle caps out of a drum mixed with excrement and water as part of a strategy to soften him up for questioning.....In some instances, testimony shows, it was directed or carried out by interrogators to extract information. In others, it was punishment meted out by military police guards. Sometimes, the torment seems to have been driven by little more than boredom or cruelty, or both....Yet the Bagram file includes ample testimony that harsh treatment by some interrogators was routine and that guards could strike shackled detainees with virtual impunity.

This is sooooooooooooo fuck up. This is not democracy in any form. Its imperialism writ small. Good on Galloway for standing up to this bullshit.

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