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TERROR AND TORTURE July 18, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights.
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As “the industrial killing machine” featuring drone missile attacks with their admitted civilian casualties are extended from Pakistan to Horn of Africa to Libya ( and who know where next), so too a CIA blacksite is unearthed in Mogadishu.

What kind of nation and political system engages in such overt criminal behavior? Could it be our principal ally and saviour? Chris Hedges in his current Truthdig article makes reference to the “dirty war” of the Argentine Junta that now, forty years later, is being addressed by the criminal law. “Powerless” President Obama he writes is overseeing or has been co-opted into a similar scam.

Chris Hedges writes:

Human Rights Watch, in a new report, “Getting Away With Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” declared there is “overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration.” President Barack Obama, the report went on, is obliged “to order a criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials.”

But Obama has no intention of restoring the rule of law. He not only refuses to prosecute flagrant war crimes, but has immunized those who orchestrated, led and carried out the torture. At the same time he has dramatically increased war crimes, including drone strikes in Pakistan. He continues to preside over hundreds of the offshore penal colonies, where abuse and torture remain common. He is complicit with the killers and the torturers.

The only way the rule of law will be restored, if it is restored, is piece by piece, extradition by extradition, trial by trial. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice and John Ashcroft will, if we return to the rule of law, face trial. The lawyers who made legal what under international and domestic law is illegal, including not only Rizzo but Alberto Gonzales, Jay Bybee, David Addington, William J. Haynes and John Yoo, will, if we are to dig our way out of this morass, be disbarred and prosecuted. Our senior military leaders, including Gen. David Petraeus, who oversaw death squads in Iraq and widespread torture in clandestine prisons, will be lined up in a courtroom, as were the generals in Argentina, and made to answer for these crimes. This is the only route back. If it happens it will happen because a few courageous souls such as the attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, are trying to make it happen. It will take time—a lot of time; the crimes committed by Bianco and the two former officers sent to prison this month are nearly four decades old. If it does not happen, then we will continue to descend into a terrifying, dystopian police state where our guards will, on a whim, haul us out of our cells to an amusement park and make us ride, numb and bewildered, on the kiddie train, before the next round of torture.

The odd thing is, as the Bible might have said to the delight of comedians, although no laughing matter, that terror begets terror, and while fear reigns torture follows. And those that follow the course to crash civilization. And it seems that a entrenched Bill of Rights is no legal immunity.

ELSEWHERE:

Glenn Greenwald followed up on the Jeremy Scahill revelations. Despite the importance of the expose none of the establishment media have covered the story according to Glenn Greenwald.

At the Greanville Post, Joan Roalofs addresses the key issues and makes the connections with the wider issues facing human kind and planet Earth. She concludes:

Our country needs vast new industries that would employ scientists, mechanics, et al, to improve the quality of life and clean up the mess, but the powers that be are not now permitting this to happen.

Propaganda, fear, distractions, and interests. These are the mountains that must be moved.

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