CNN med nye avsløringer om amerikansk tortur

- CNN bringer i dag nye avsløringer om USA’s “torturprogram.” Det er eks-utenriksminister Colin Powells stabssjef, Larry Wilkerson, som kommer med avsløringene om at visepresident Dick Cheney var ”arkitekten” bak disse torturmetodene i USA-kontrollerte fangeleire og fengsler.

- CNN skriver: Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, told CNN that the practice of torture may be continuing in U.S.-run facilities. "There's no question in my mind that we did. There's no question in my mind that we may be still doing it," Wilkerson said on CNN's "Late Edition."

- Videre skriver CNN: "There's no question in my mind where the philosophical guidance and the flexibility in order to do so originated -- in the vice president of the United States' office," he said. "His implementer in this case was [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department."
- At another point in the interview, Wilkerson said "the vice president had to cover this in order for it to happen and in order for Secretary Rumsfeld to feel as though he had freedom of action."
- Traveling in Latin America earlier this month, President Bush defended U.S. treatment of prisoners, saying flatly, "
We do not torture."

- Neivel George Bush. Hele verden vet at dere gjør nettopp det og nå avslører også tidligere stabssjef i det amerikanske Utenriksdepartementet nettopp det hele verden egentlig visste fra før. Setningen ”We do not torture” som Bush kom med virker noe hul og minner litt om tidligere president Bill Clinton da han uttalte ”I did not have sex with that woman”
- Amnesty International offentliggjorde den 7-11-2005 en rapport som beviser at amerikanerne faktisk har torturert fanger  de har mistenkt for terrorisme i de såkalte "hemmelige fengslene" altså den samme dagen som Bush uttalte "We do not torture."

- CNN: Cheney has lobbied against a measure in Congress that would outlaw "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" of prisoners, calling for an exception for the CIA in cases that involve a detainee who may have knowledge of an imminent attack.
- The amendment was included in a $491 billion Pentagon spending bill that declared 2006 to be "a period of significant transition" for Iraq.
- Proposed by Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, the amendment was approved in the Senate last month by a 90-9 vote. It was not included in the House version of the bill.
- The White House has said that Bush would likely veto the bill if McCain's language is included, calling the amendment "unnecessary and duplicative."


- Det vil nok dessverre ikke overraske meg det minste om Bush legger ned veto mot denne lovgivningen. Bare det faktum at USA bedriver tortur viser at denne loven slett ikke er "unnecessary and duplicative" som det Hvite hus hevder. Den er tvert i mot svært nødvendig.

- Men Wilkerson medgår at han ikke har klare beviser for at USA torturerer fanger. Wilkerson sier til CNN: "I can only assume that, when the vice president of the United States lobbies the Congress on behalf of cruel and unusual punishment and the need to be able to do that in order to get information out of potential terrorists... that it's still going on."

Wilkerson har utvilsomt et poeng. For hvorfor ellers skulle visepresident Cheney stå så hardt på ovenfor kongressen om å tillate bruk av "cruel and unusual punishment" hvis de allikevel ikke bruker slike metoder eller har til hensikt å gjøre det?
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Meninger om tortur

Driver USA tortur? Meninger om Mangt hevder Amnesty i en rapport utgitt 7.11 beviser nettopp det. Jeg er helt overbevist om at han ikke har lest Amnesty sin rapport. For faktum er at den ikke beviser noe som helst annet...

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23.11.2005 @ 11:52