Friday, December 12, 2014

Cheney Should Be Tried For 'War Crimes,' Namely Torture.

 Dick 'war criminal' Cheney made his way around mostly conservative media outlets to voice his disdain for the recently released torture report. It is amazing, during an interview on Fox News Cheney, admitted he hadn't read the entire report. The report details the torture of detainees in graphic verbiage.  The tactics the CIA used are disturbing to say the least.   'Enemy combatant' is a word the Bush Administration used to describe suspected terror suspects. Thus, Bush claimed they had no right of protection under the Geneva Convention. Therefore, stripping detainees of any treatment outlined in the U.S. signed agreement with the United Nations. Anyone who previously supported the program clearly has no understanding of the level of depravity these torturers employed, but the torturers were following orders. Although they're guilty of what amount to war crimes, the truth is the highest level of office is responsible for these banned tactics, not the least of which includes 'waterboarding' or simulated drowning. Therefore, former Vice President Dick Cheney, along with former President George Bush committed war crimes. Ultimately, the responsibility falls on the person who ordered the torture or any war crime for that matter.The release of this report has wrestled many feathers in the political spectrum. But the people most against the report of course, Republicans. You see, some people are fine not knowing what their government is doing on their behalf. Others of us - want to know what justifies these torture techniques and are they legal, according to international law? I will get into in a moment. First understand, the way we treat other people will have either a negative or positive look on American values. Torture is against U.S. and international law, therefore; there is no justification possible for mistreatment, let alone humiliation, sexual assault.

“The example set by the United States on the use of torture has been a big draw-back in the fight against such practice in many other countries throughout the world,” Juan Mendez, the UN's Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, said in a news release today. As a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to visit numerous countries across the globe, he added that now Member States were either implicitly or explicitly telling him “Why look at us? If the US tortures, why can't we do it?”
“We have lost a little bit of the moral high ground,” he continued. “But it can be regained and it should be regained." (1).

Of course, the defenders of these 'cruel and unusual,' tactics haven't learned their lesson. Which is to say by all accounts these tactics did not work, instead they were counterproductive. Because more often than not, people give a false confession. Prisoners will say anything they think you want to hear, anything to make the torture stop. However, regardless of all evidence to the contrary of the claim it works, they relentlessly label 'evidence' as null and void. I guess if I were a war criminal, I too would defend the programs that I ordered although I hope I'd  admit to the horrendous nature of treatment at the hands of the United States government. I would immediately compensate those who were tortured and apologize for the vicious treatment of  those who weren't charged or convicted of crimes. Those guilty of anything, try them and put them in a jail in their prison system. It is a mockery of the justice system to hold folks for years on end without a single charge, and treating them as if they're convicted of crimes against America is abhorrent. I'd call indefinite detention psychological torture. Most of these detainees haven't been charged or brought to court for indictments. Since they were at the 'Gitmo' the facility off the shore of Cuba  holding  suspected terrorists captive, many countries won't accept them in their country. Therefore, it is difficult to close the facility as President Barak Obama claimed he, indeed, wanted to close the facility. The Geneva Convention forbids torture under all circumstances, whether urgent information is required or not, torture is abhorrent. And despite the proponents of the 'enhanced interrogation techniques,' torture did not yield any credible information that led to the capture of anyone. The Senate Intelligence Committee reviewed nearly six million pages of documents relating to the Central Intelligence Agency to include chats, e-mails, reports and other relevant information in its detailed, lengthy report. So, this wasn't a partisan witch hunt rather the torture report is  an in-depth nearly six-year-long process. Of which included gathering, analyzing information, confirming reports before the similar report which we the public have a nearly six hundred page summary of a larger summary from the gigantic complete report. Those upset by the report, claim we don't torture anymore, so why the need to release the report? Well, major 'war crimes' committed by the Bush Administration cannot be overlooked. Whether charges are filed or not, the public has a right to know what happened. Many fear backlash from the Muslim community, but let's be honest they want to kill Americans regardless of the report. Might terrorist use the report to further their agenda, of course. However had Dick Cheney never ordered torture, we might not have the stain of brutality against humanity on us hands.  We are supposed to be the good guys, and most of the time we do what's right. However, sometimes the truth can become blurred and fear can win, but we must never let fear dictate the actions we take.


1). Mr. Juan Mendez. (11 December 2014). After CIA
torture revelations, US must now recover moral high
ground – UN expert. UN News Centre.

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