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The Real Reason that the U.S. Tortures People

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George Washington’s Blog
Friday, July 25, 2008

The top experts agree that torture doesn’t produce any useful information.

And the experts on national security agree that torture turns people against us, creates actual terrorists who want to kill us, and makes us less safe. Torture also makes it almost certain that our troops will be tortured by others.

But the U.S. has embarked on a coordinated policy of torture since 9/11. The U.S. has rounded up scores of innocent farmers and other civilians — including children — in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere and tortured them until they died, went crazy, or were disabled.

Why?

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If torture doesn’t do anything useful, and instead does alot of harmful things like dramatically weakening our national security and putting our troops in harms way, why are we doing it?

Well, listen to the testimony to Congress by a representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Governments that use torture intend to intimidate their citizens in order to maintain control; those who are tortured become examples of the consequences of dissent.”

Indeed, this is a well-known tactic for brutal regimes. Take Zimbabwe, for example:

“Victims and eyewitnesses told Human Rights Watch that [Zimbabwe’s brutal regime] has set up detention centers . . . to round up and instill fear in suspected political opponents.”

Torture is a form of terrorism, plain and simple. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services director told Congress:

“… torture is the deliberate mental and physical damage caused by governments to individuals to … terrorize society.”

The U.S. government is carrying out acts of terrorism on innocent victims – including children – in order to scare people into being compliant, into being too scared to demand their rights to liberty and justice guaranteed by the rule of law, into not challenging the powers-that-be.

Those who created, implemented or covered up the U.S. torture policy are not only war criminals, they are also terrorists.

Note: The torture in foreign countries is intended to intimidate not only people in those countries, but also Americans living in the U.S. Simply put, torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and elsewhere is intended to send the message that everyone — within the U.S. and abroad — better do what the American government tells them to do.

This article was posted: Friday, July 25, 2008 at 9:56 am





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