Monday, December 05, 2005

Ship 'em off and torture

Over in Europe, Condoleezza Rice has been attempting to defend the indefensible--that shipping terror suspects off to prisons in remote countries has nothing to do with making it easier to commit human rights abuses which would be harder to get away with in the U.S. Gosh, she's hardly even trying to defend it; like the rest of the administration, she acts as if it's pretty much nobody's business and that she doesn't need to waste her time answering any questions on the subject.

Here's a bit from the Guardian:

"The US does not permit, tolerate or condone torture under any circumstances," [Rice] said.

Critics say that depends on one's definition of torture. During the last four years, they say the Bush administration has adopted an exceedingly narrow definition of torture, allowing interrogators to use a variety of harsh techniques such as stress positions, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding, where suspects are strapped to a board and plunged into water.

"The reason she is able to say that the United States does not engage in torture is that the administration has redefined torture to exclude any technique that they use," said Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch. "What makes this awkward for Secretary Rice is that the state department has continued to condemn as torture techniques such as waterboarding when they are used by other countries - in other words the very techniques the CIA has used against these high level detainees."

Well I, for one, am glad to know that we definitely don't engage in "torture." That would have been so embarrassing. Do you believe her, too? Here are a few other opinions on the subject:

"The Questions Condoleezza Must Answer," The Independent

"A Weak Defense," The Washington Post


At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Nas said...

its really not a matter of "If" with this administration (and american foreign policy in general) but a matter of "who" and "where". the "why" and the "what" are obvious


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