Torture, Detainee Abuse and Transparency

[July 25 update From

New Revelations About Torture

The Toronto Star is reporting that Jordan has been serving as a hub of torture involving detainees and that the United States has continued with renditions despite having made assurances to the contrary.]

On the subject of the US imprisonment of Iraqi people, I point out these two articles. The first one describes a Human Rights
Watch report, which found that detainee abuse has been much more widespread than the Pentagon and civilian war leaders would like to have us believe.

The second article is from Karen Greenberg via Tomdispatch. This is a well-written, poignant article. It describes the utter lack of transparency (during the current Bush years) regarding official policy and findings on the subject of detainee abuse.

Here are links to the articles with some highlights:
Iraqi detainee abuse widespread: report
Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:47am ET

By Kristin Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi detainees were routinely subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation, stress positions and other forms of abuse by U.S. interrogators, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Sunday that offers first-hand accounts from three former soldiers.

The U.S.-based watchdog group said its report discredits government arguments casting mistreatment of detainees as the aberrant and unauthorized work of a few personnel.


[if the link is broken, please try a site search using author and/or title.]
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg on Bush's Redacted Reality


The Color of "Transparency" Is Black

By Karen J. Greenberg


Now, a mere two years or so later, I began skimming through the introductory matter and the boldface headings of the Jacoby Report. I stopped first at "Detainee Operations Standard Operating Procedures." Here it would be in black and white -- or so I thought. But, as it happened, I was only half right. Startling amounts of the report were redacted or blacked out. Where there should have been text against white space, there was section after section filled with nothing but solid black blocs. Even some subsection titles were missing. Pure ink. Meant not to be read.

I will be voting the impeachment platform this November.

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