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