A 20-year-old woman who the authorities say was tortured and sexually assaulted for more than a week at a ramshackle mobile home in Logan County, W.Va., knew at least one of her assailants and had accused him of abuse before, the police said yesterday.
Their son, Shawn Hornbeck, was kidnapped at age 11, too. It happened in 2002 as he rode his bike in Richwoods, Mo
Testimony begins Tuesday in the trial of a woman who beat, starved and tortured her stepchildren.
They come at all hours of the day and night, their small bodies often bruised, their lives in chaos. Some arrive in nothing but a diaper and a T-shirt.
…my sort of overwhelming view is that the enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives.
Some Americans victims of torture -men, women and children would disagree that torture and the culture of legitimizing torture has made them safe. To Dick, torture seems to possess some mystical powers, a warm blanket of safety. It does not matter if torture is effective, other then inflicting pain and getting those tortured to suffer. To give false confessions to give credence to that George and Dick wanted the general public to believe, Report: Abusive tactics used to seek Iraq-al Qaida link. Cheney further asserts,
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday called the Justice Department’s decision to investigate whether CIA interrogators abused terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks “an outrageous political act” that “offends the hell out of me.”
“It’s clearly a political move; I mean, there’s no other rationale for why they’re doing this,” Mr. Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Investigations into behavior that has been, and according to the headlines above, still considered very much immoral and illegal, Cheney thinks its all political. Perhaps its Cheney’s world view, totally dictated by the the moral relativity of his extraordinarily extreme partisanship investigating immoral acts is a “political move”. Someone so lacking in moral principles comes off like a plastic carny show clown when they state investigations into torture ” offends the hell out of me.” How seriously can a society, that has ambitions to live up to certain ideals and civilized standards of behavior, take such a person. I would prefer that those suffering from delusions about the wholesome goodness of torture or those acting under the dubious authority of half-wits like Dick and George W. not torture people under the comical pretense of protecting me.
Other then some misguided family loyalty, one wonders where Liz Cheney’s technical, moral or legal expertise derives in making this statement, “Waterboarding isn’t torture,“. In that case maybe we should be giving out some retroactive pardons, After World War II, we convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American and Allied prisoners of war
Second, CIA interrogators themselves have said that they believed that Cheney’s torture policy put individual CIA personnel in legal jeopardy. As Greg Sargent has pointed out, on page 94 of the recently released Inspector General’s report, we learn the following:
“During the course of this Review, a number of Agency officers expressed unsolicited concern about the possibility of recrimination or legal action resulting from their participation in the CTC program….One officer expressed concern that one day, Agency officers will wind up on some “wanted list” to appear before the World Court for war crimes…”
This is not even to mention, in a broader sense, the risk to any US personnel that possibly ended up in “enemy” hands where captors of US prisoners could justify their own acts of torture by pointing to US tactics.