Inconvenient News,
       by smintheus

Friday, May 11, 2007

  Let us remember to praise Guantanamo

With the Bush administration, the Irony fairly drips:

The United States condemns the recent sentencings of democracy activists Anwar al-Bunni and Kamal Labwani to long terms of imprisonment and is alarmed by reports that they have been subjected to inhumane prison conditions [in Syria].

That appears in a high-minded statement of principle released today by the White House. Alert readers will recall that the same Bush administration shipped Maher Arar off to Syria to be tortured. Indeed, Syria has been a favorite destination for secret CIA flights carrying out "extraordinary renditions".

In the words of former CIA agent Robert Baer: "If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria."

Gen. David Petraeus has a blindspot the size of Guantanamo as well. Today, he responded to the findings of a recent mental health survey, which revealed that 41% of American troops in Iraq support the use of torture at least some times. Petraeus warned the soldiers under his command that torture is illegal and unacceptable.

"Some may argue that we would be more effective if we sanctioned torture or other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy. They would be wrong. Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they also are frequently neither useful nor necessary."

Torture is illegal and frequently unnecessary: There's that famed Irony again.

crossposted from Unbossed

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