Friday, September 15, 2006

The word torture has been tortured and other fractured fairy tales

Within 24 hours of Friday morning, police in Iraq retrieved 50 bound bodies, most shot in the head after being trussed and tortured, a senior Interior Ministry official told Reuters. That took the body count in the city for three days to at least 130. Other corpses have been pulled from rivers downstream of the city, among them a headless, legless corpse found at Mussayab. Officials said 20 bodies were found in Baghdad on Thursday after 60 on Wednesday -- the latter a figure that made headlines and drew renewed international attention to violence the United Nations has estimated may be killing 100 Iraqis a day. "It's barbaric but sadly we've become used to it," the Interior Ministry official said. "Forty bodies, 60 bodies -- it's become a daily routine."

Insurgents and militia death squads have issued statements claiming that, "We do not torture. We want to be absolutely clear with our people, and the world: The death squads do not torture. We behead but not torture. It's against our rules to torture, and it's against our values. We have not authorized it - and we will not authorize it. What we have done is employ 'alternative interrogation methods.' We will not disclose our interrogation methods so as not to allow our detainees to know what to expect before they are beheaded. This is consistent with our rules. We voted on it over a plate of rice and chicken and Arabic coffee. We wanted to comply with our rules so we changed the rules. We have allowed 'acts inflicting, and that are specifically intended to inflict, severe pain or suffering, whether mental or physical. Certain acts may be cruel, inhuman or degrading, but still not produce pain and suffering of the requisite intensity to [be considered torture.] Torture is defined as being, it must inflict pain that is difficult to endure. Physical pain amounting to torture must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death. For purely mental pain or suffering to amount must result in significant psychological harm of significant duration, e.g., lasting for months or even years.' Where did we get this definition of what isn't torture? We plagarized it from the U.S. Justice Department."

There where no protests or violent demonstrations denouncing the kidnapping, torture and killings of Muslims by Muslims. There were protests and violent demostrations against the Pope who made what are being called "derogatory remarks" about the idea of "jihad." The violent protests against cartoons were re-scheduled for the next time hope rears it's bound, tortured and beheaded head.


Blogger goyimslut22 said...

you need to google:

"mighty wurlitzer" +cia


+indyk +"israeli spy"

and find out lwho runs lthe u.s. media (news faking enterprises).

7:14 PM  
Blogger Ellen Beth said...

ok, this is trivial compared to torture, but I'm bumbed about bagged spinach. It's like everything good in the world is gone or on its way out.

8:10 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

That Justice Department finding affirmed in the 21st century regarding "torture" makes one wonder what happened to America?
I don't know which emotion this most evokes in me: rage or sadness.

7:36 PM  
Blogger FriendlyQuark said...

I am irritated that we don't just come out and admit what we did. I mean we have admitted to having secret CIA prisons in Europe, why not cop to a little "waterboarding"? It's not like anyone believe our denials anymore.

The real problem is, torture is an extremely unreliable source of intelligence. If we are acting on information got through those means, then we are acting on highly suspect information. Plus, it is obvious that what little intelligence we are getting, is not good enough for us not to abduct German cab drivers off the street because we think they are AQ.

I honestly don't think we have enough brains in the CIA these days to fill a teacup, because they have obviously not learned anything from the Cold War. Human Intelligence, triple sourcing for all data, proper surveillance, these are all things we used to do well. Now we are just as bad as the Stasi and just as incompetant.

7:51 PM  

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