Friday, September 5, 2014

James Foley and Steven Sofloff Were Waterboarded.

There's one story we've heard too little of and that's the captives in Syria, held by ISIS, were 'waterboarded.' Could it be the media is avoiding the topic because C.I.A's tactics and illegal activity are coming back to haunt innocent civilians?  Is it because we know waterboarding is a serious war crime? In case you didn't know, it is a serious war crime. Torture degrades the standing and respect others have for us.
 Media, news outlets, they wouldn't silence themselves to avoid the wicked brutality of  the subject of waterboarding? Now, why do I say "brutality?" Because waterboarding is essentially simulated drowning. An individual lays flat on their back, arms bound, and a wet rag placed over the mouth and then water is poured over the mouth a nose of the person. There's a 10 second count interval; this continues as long as the torturer desires. At first, the C.I.A claimed they gained useful intelligence through the "enhanced interrogation program," which is simply another term for torture. However, later the truth came out, we gained invalid information and not useful intelligence, because if an individual is tortured, they will tell you what they think you want to hear. Regardless of whether the information is truthful. It, torture, goes against Article 3 of the 'Geneva Convention.' Not to mention the fact, torture is against U.S. law. But, the Bush Administration disregarded the law, and unilaterally made decisions that amount to egregious war crimes. The Chinese waterboarded our soldiers during World War 2, and we, the United States executed the Chinese soldiers for waterboarding our personnel.

"At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners.

James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."(1).

So, the legality didn't change because we decided to use the tactic. Moreover, waterboarding isn't the only method of torture the U.S. government has done in the name of freedom. Among others, sleep deprivation, light, sound, stress positions, borderline ethnic and religious humiliation. It is still as illegal then as it is now. So, imagine how James Foley and Steven Sotloff felt, tortured for something they had no control. Captives waterboarded for the mistakes of the Bush Administration. And, why did ISIS decided to waterboard U.S. journalists? Because we tortured them, and it was a way to get back at America. As hurtful as it is to say this, did we expect anything less? Should we have expected ISIS would torture our people? After all, ISIS learned how to torture by us torturing them.

1).  Adam Goldman and Julie Tate. (28 Auguest 2014). Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded. The Washington Post.

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