6.15 Are U.S. Run Torture Sites Crimes Against Humanity?

by peter © (last updated dec. 2017)
I wrote this article in honour and memory of the The White Rose Campaign for Human Rights .
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6.15.1 Torture state

“There’s a whole network of U.S. mercenary states…. a massive international terrorist network run by the United States….Israel is the major one, but it also includes Taiwan, South Africa, South Korea…World Anticommunist League…military groups that unite the Western Hemisphere, Saudi Arabia ... Panama ... Other countries hire terrorists, we hire terrorist states. ... The United States is permitted to carry out war crimes, it’s permitted to attack other countries, it’s permitted to ignore international law. On those things there’s a complete consensus…”
~ Dr. N. Chomsky, MIT scholar, founder of modern linguistic theory, taken from Understanding Power [784].
“The Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorised a systematic regime of torture”.
~ U.S. Maj. General Antonio Taguba [2]
"... many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. "It’s the industry of death".
~ Pope Francis
“Detainees were not allowed to talk to each other, but we enjoyed looking at each other. The punishment for talking was hanging the detainee by his hands with his feet barley touching the ground. I saw an Afghani detainee who passed out a couple of times while hanging from his hands. The medics fixed him and hung him back up. Other detainees were luckier, they were hung for a certain time and then released. Most of the detainees tried to talk while hanging which made the guards double their punishment.”
~ M.O. Slahi [268] discussing the U.S. torture of persons held without trial, without charge, held for years, tortured for years
“[torture is] any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity”
~ Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [282]
Parts of humanity still linger in the dark ages, deliberately retrogressing into barbarism. For example, in the 21stcentury there are still a number of governments which torture people. Some of the better known are Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China, Nigeria, and the United States.
Most of the world has known for decades that the United States has a long history of inflicting torture. Even of torturing innocent people to death. The horrors launched by the U.S. upon Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Philippines, Columbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on down a sadly long list are well documented in the torture literature [3] (please also see Zinn [4, 5] for background context).
Yet it took the Feinstein report of 2014 [6] to state wake up albeit temporarily, the largely oblivious citizenry of the United States to the fact that their government and its agents allegedly torture men, women, and children [7] in the most horrific and debased manner imaginable. Allegedly with the full knowledge and approval of politicians at the highest level of government [8, 9]. For example the "Copper Green" torture program was alleged by Seymour Hersh (vide infra) to have been expanded - i.e. made more horrific - with the direct approval of U.S. Offence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, under the G.W. Bush presidency [10, 11] as part of that nation’s War of Terror (please see: The World Wide U.S. War of Terror and The Hubris of Empire: Is the United States the world’s greatest threat to peace? ).
“There are stories in the CIA torture report of “rectal rehydration as a means of behaviour control”, threats to murder and “threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee” – or cut a mother’s throat. There are details about detainees with broken bones forced to stand for days on end, detainees blindfolded, dragged down hallways while they were beaten. There were even torture sessions that ended in death. The list goes on and on, and on and on.”
~ T. Timm [12], The Guardian, London
“At times, the detainees at COBALT [U.S. torture facility] were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. Other times, the detainees at COBALT were subjected to what was described as a "rough take down," in which approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched ... “
~ from the heavily redacted Feinstein U.S. Senate report summary [13, pp. 4]
The United States has used and is using torture against prisoners including children and those obviously and verifiable innocent of any crime is (please see citations below). In addition to being despicable in and of itself, this is by definition, an act of terrorism committed by the state. Use of torture is also a war crime, a violation of the Geneva Convention, a violation of the UN Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the UN Convention Against Torture, and a violation of a plethora of other international laws and agreements to which the U.S. is signatory. It is also,decidedly amoral and obscene.
“I would do it again [i.e. order torture] in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [14], U.S. Vice president
Let us have a brief look at just what it was that the charming Mr. Chaney and others from U.S. President Reagan through to U.S. president Donald Trump and their zealot lackeys “would do again in a minute”.

6.15.2 Crucifixion of prisoners

“You get a burning in your stomach, a rush, a feeling of hot lead running through your veins and you get a sense of power. . . . Imagine wearing point-blank body armor, an M-16 and all the power in the world and the authority of God.”
~ a U.S. medic who particpated in torture of prisoners, quoted by Dr. S.H. Miles [313], professor of medicine at the U. Minnesota Medical School, member of the Center for Bioethics
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The above photographs, just two many more available (vide infra), show a common theme - U.S. soldier happy and smiling over the bodies of U.S. torture victims. (Important note: The U.S. government claimed [919] that this event was simply due to a couple of rogue soldiers. Such a claim was incorrect, i.e. a lie - please see the many citations below.) The orders have been alleged [ibid] to have come directly from the White House, the U.S. president, U.S. vice president, secretary of state, and a host of others. They were carried out by a chain of command fully cognizent of the alleged war crimes they were perpetrating, regardless of the faux rationals (please vide infra) given.
In these two images, U.S. soldier S. Harman and Charles Graner are allegedly pictured. On the left Ms. Harman appears to be smiling happily and giving the thumbs-up signal over the corpse of Manadel al-Jamadi. Mr. al-Jamadi was allegedly tortured to death by the U.S. in one of its many concentration camps prisons, in this case at Abu Ghraib, in 2003 [15, 16, 17].
“The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having him simulate homosexual activity, and having an American GI woman in the photographs, is the end of society in their eyes.”
~ Seymour Hersh [267], Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist
“Photographing or videotaping detainees in US custody unrelated to the processing of prisoners or the management of detention facilities can constitute a violation of the laws of war, including the Geneva conventions, in some cases. Any evidence that the CIA or any other US government agency intentionally photographed naked detainees should be investigated by law enforcement as a potential violation of domestic and international law.”
~ Nathaniel Raymond [279], Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
How did Mr. al-Jamadi die? He was allegedly seized by U.S. personnel, handcuffed nude from the waste down with a bag over his head, then beaten until six of his ribs were fractured. U.S. Navy Seals then allegedly punched and choked Mr. al-Jamadi, and allegedly stuck their fingers in his eyes causing blood to spurt. Mr. al-Jamadi’s hands were then allegedly tied behind his back and he was allegedly hung by his wrists ... until eventually, unable to breathe due to blood blocking his lungs, he mercifully escaped his alleged U.S. torturers by dying. U.S. personnel then allegedly destroyed as much of the evidence of his and other torture victims as they could, allegedly shoved an IV into Mr. al-Jamadi’s corpse, and paraded Mr. al-Jamadi through the prison saying that he had suffered a heart attack and they were trying to save him. After his murder Ms. Sabrina Harmon and her colleagues happy and laughing, posed beside the corpse. Mr. al-Jamaid left behind a young son and his wife of many years [17, 18, 19,15, 20, 21]. No one in the U.S. had the common decency to tell them what had happened to Mr. al-Jamadi [22].
Pictured above on the right, is a picture of Ms. Harmand and another apparently happily smiling U.S. soldier Charles Graner, standing by naked hooded prisoners. The prisoners were allegedly forced to climb on top of each other while naked and effectively blind due to the hood, then hold the position until they collapsed [ibid].
The fact that the prisoners were naked is with a fully clothed woman is typical of U.S. humiliation techniques. Stripping someone naked and parading them from room to room before being sent to be tortured is alleged to be standard practice against those from cultures where nudity is considered personal and private.
“ ... the CIA “routinely” stripped its own detainees nude, although Justice Department officials did not formally approve the practice until 2005 [i.e. illegally]. Often the nudity occurred in tandem with other torture techniques, such as shackling and frigid conditions.”
~ Spencer Ackerman [279], the Guardian, discussing some of the 14,000 pictures the CIA took of its prisoners and torture victims
Pictured at the beginning of this article is one of many available [Op. cit.] of prisoners with electrodes strapped to them (often to their genitals) forced to stand until they collapsed, hooded so they could see nothing, for days [15].
Consider now the case of the completely and utterly innocent [23] cab driver Dilawar of Yakubi. The brave U.S. troops ignored readily available proof that he was innocent of anything at all, that he was just a cab driver trying to support his family, and chained him to the ceiling a a special position which the torture literature refers to as the “Crucifixion pose” [24, 25]. He was crucified, hanging there, for three days. During that time Dilawar’s arms dislocated from their sockets. During his crucifixion, brave U.S. personnel beat his legs to a literal pulp. In fact “pulpified” was the coroner’s description of Dilawar’s legs after his death [26]. Mr. Dilawar left behind a three year old daughter.
Perhaps the thinking of his U.S. torturers was that what was good enough for Jesus was good enough for innocent cab drivers? Or anyone else whom U.S. politicians chose to term “enemy combatants”:
“The guards hearing Jesus of Nazareth scream out “Eli, Eli lama sabachthanii [My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?]” supposed he was calling for Elias, not clearly understanding his native tongue. They decided to see if Elias would come to rescue him and took sadistic delight that Elias did not come to save him. Similarly, American guards returned often during the final 24 hours of Dilawar of Yakubi’s crucifixion to beat his dangling legs with pulpifying blows. ’I would think it was about 100 strikes,’ said the First Platoon’s Specialist Corey E. Jones. ’Everybody heard him cry out and thought it was funny.’
~ D. Townsand [27], Nat. Catholic Reporter
“I would do it again [i.e. order torture] in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [Op. cit.], U.S. Vice president, stating he would readily again order the torture other human beings. At time of writing Mr. Chaney is not yet in jail, but cannot travel to several countries (eg. Spain [28]) for fear of being arrested for alleged war crimes [29, 30]
Gul Ruhman was one of hundreds allegedly held in U.S. black sites torture facilities [31]. He was allegedly tortured in the site known as “the Salt Pit”. After which he was chained to the floor and intentionally frozen to death [ibid]. The officer who allegedly ordered this war crime was was recommended for a $2,500 cash bonus for his “consistently superior work” [32].
Mr. Ruhman was utterly innocent of any crime - he was tortured and murdered in a case of mistaken identity [33]. To this day no one in the U.S. government or military has apologised to his family .... nor has the U.S. officer who received the bonus or the legion of torturers apologised. Nor the psychologists and medical personal on site who allegedly assisted in the torture [34]. Nor have those in the U.S. government who allegedly gave the orders.
“I would do it again [i.e. order torture] in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [Op. cit.], U.S. Vice president
There are literally dozens of other pictures and hundreds of documents of evidence of alleged U.S. torture victims readily available [ibid]. Even though the Feinstein report has been heavily redacted (the CIA went to appalling lengths to suppress its release [859, 860], you may wish to download an read it. Der Spiegal (Germany’s foremost new source) and other non-U.S. reputable sources as much as a decade ago, featured photographs of smiling happy alleged U.S. personnel and their torture victims, but most of these did not make it into the Feinstein report [35, 36, 37]. The documentation and evidence is readily available.
Other prisoners were kept for months naked in total darkness and isolation [38]. subject to daily beatings, humiliation, electric shocks applied to their genitals, drugs, and more [ibid, Op. cit.]. Some were stuffed into boxes too small for their bodies, and left for long periods of time. Other tortures identical to those administered by the Nazis (please see citations given below) were commonplace.
“... at Abu Ghraib [U.S. torture centre] … the women were passing messages out [to their family] saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomised with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking ... They are in total terror.”
~ Seymour Hersh [825], winner of two National Magazine Awards, five time Polk winner, recipient of the prestigious Orwell Award, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the U.S. massacre (i.e. war crime) of the entire civilian population of My Lai and its cover-up by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War. In this quotation Mr. Hersh is discussing the fact that U.S. allegedly tortured children - in this case allegedly in front of their mothers. The rape of boys at Abu Ghraib has also been described in prisoner abuse evidence [39, 40]. (See also the British Telegraph [42] and Guardian [41] accounts.)
The picture below is alleged to be of U.S. soldier L. England allegedly showing the high moral and spiritual values of her nation by courageously dragging a naked, bleeding, and ill victim of U.S. torture by pulling on a rope tied around his neck For reasons currently unknown, these and the plethora of similar images, descriptions, and readily available documentation have not been widely circulated or shown on the nightly news in the United States. Probably just an unintentional oversight when more important news such as the latest exploit of the flavour of the week pop star takes prescience: Media Controls Most Narratives).
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Everyone at these prisons - ordinary enlisted men and women not directly involved - knew what was going on. The torturers laughed and boasted [ibid] about their actions. This was not done in the back corner of a cell, but rather out in the open. Not one person came foreword to object. Not one person tried to stop these obscenities. Exactly the same as with Nazi tortures, everyone involved was complicit in war crimes.
”Secrecy is a basic component of the Policy of Torture: It is essential to the structure of torture that everything takes place in secret, in the dark, beyond consideration of shame or account. When the torturer assures his victim ’ no one will ever know’ , he is at once working to break the victim’s spirit and bolster his own"
~ L. Welsher [281] - Settling accounts with torturers

6.15.3 War Crime

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
~ Frederick Nietzsche [314]
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(Photo: CIA Director George Tenet, U.S. president George W. Bush, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney - all accused of war crimes and human rights violations.)
“The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in [the Senate] report must be brought to justice and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes ... [including] persons in positions of command and those who provided legal cover to torture.”
~ B. Emmerson [305], UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights.
When the United States ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as the Geneva Conventions, accepted results of the Nuremberg Trials, became a member of the United Nations, and signed the other international laws discussed herein, it promised to prosecute or extradite those who commit or are complicit in the commission of torture. The Three men pictured above, have all (allegedly) been complicit in such according to the documents cited herein. As well as in the case of Mr. Chaney, actually boasting about his complicity [Op. Cit.]. Even the 6,700 page U.S. Senate report [Op. cit.] on the issue makes it quite clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government as well as those heading its various agencies such as the CIA have been (allegedly) guilty of numerous and repeated war crimes. To say nothing of the extensive documentation of many other crimes against humanity as cited here: The Hubris of Empire: Is the United States the world’s greatest threat to peace? , The World Wide U.S. War of Terror , and other articles under the menu heading ’obscenity’.
It light of overwhelming evidence therefore, it is interesting to note that the United States withdrew from the ICC (International Criminal Court) [44]. The U.S. is the only industrialised nation to do so, joining with along with that charming nation North Korea and a small number of similarly terrific dictatorships.
It has been alleged that this withdrawal by the U.S. was for exactly the same reasons that North Korea withdrew. Namely in an effort to avoid the Court’s ordering international arrest warrants for some of its high level politicians, presidents, heads of secret spy agencies, vice presidents, CEOs, military heads, and so on down a list surprisingly similar to those tried at Nuremberg for war crimes (please see [45] for a detailed discussion of this issue). For it has been alleged [280] that no one (outside the United States or Britain) who has investigated U.S. activities doubts for a moment that the United States is a torture state, in violation of numerous international laws, and has perpetrated numerous war crimes. (Please aslo see The World Wide U.S. War of Terror , where allegations by people around the world to the effect that the U.S. is also the worlds largest terrorist state have been gaining momentum.)
Furthermore although several high ranking alleged torture perpetrators in the U.S. have argued (vide infra), that their appalling alleged actions were justified on the basis of the nebulous catch all “national security”, this claim is a sham. It holds absolutely no legal or ethical justification:
"… [torture is] the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering for purposes such as obtaining information or a confession, or punishing, intimidating or coercing someone... No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."
~ The UN Convention Against Torture [46], signed by most of the worlds countries, including all western countries
The American Civil Liberties Union in 2005 - long before the Feinstein Report [Op. cit.] found that many U.S. prisoners held in Iraq and Afghanistan, died under torture [47, 48]. Documents released showed that prisoners were hooded, gagged, strangled, beaten with blunt objects, deprived of sleep for long periods., placed in extremely hot and/or cold environments, etc.
"There is no question that U.S. interrogations have resulted in deaths. High ranking officials who knew about the torture and sat on their hands and those who created and endorsed these policies must be held accountable. America must stop putting its head in the sand and deal with the torture scandal that has rocked our military."
~ A. D. Romero [49], Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU report was barely mentioned by any mainstream press in the United States. No action was taken by government to bring the perpetrators to justice - a situation that has continued despite numerous other documents and proof of alleged war crimes by the U.S. in this regard.
Let me quote a handful of instanced directly from the ACLU report cited previously - a report which I repeat, was essentially ignored by all U.S. mainstream media - please see Media Controls Most Narratives). The following documentation was released long before the Feinstein report.
  • A 27-year-old Iraqi male died while being interrogated by Navy Seals on April 5, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq. During his confinement he was hooded, flex-cuffed, sleep deprived and subjected to hot and cold environmental conditions, including the use of cold water on his body and hood. The exact cause of death was ""undetermined"" although the autopsy stated that hypothermia may have contributed to his death. Notes say he ""struggled/ interrogated/ died sleeping."" Some facts relating to this case have been previously reported. (In April 2003, Secretary Rumsfeld authorised the use of ""environmental manipulation"" as an interrogation technique in Guantánamo Bay. In September 2003, Lt. Gen. Sanchez also authorised this technique for use in Iraq. Although Lt. Gen. Sanchez later rescinded the September 2003 techniques, he authorised ""changes in environmental quality"" in October 2003.)
  • An Iraqi detainee (also described as a white male) died on January 9, 2004, in Al Asad, Iraq, while being interrogated by ""OGA."" He was standing, shackled to the top of a door frame with a gag in his mouth at the time he died. The cause of death was asphyxia and blunt force injuries. Notes summarising the autopsies record the circumstances of death as ""Q by OGA, gagged in standing restraint."" (Facts in the autopsy report appear to match the previously reported case of Abdul Jaleel.)
  • A detainee was smothered to death during an interrogation by Military Intelligence on November 26, 2003, in Al Qaim, Iraq. A previously released autopsy report, that appears to be of General Mowhoush, lists ""asphyxia due to smothering and chest compression"" as the cause of death and cites bruises from the impact with a blunt object. New documents specifically record the circumstances of death as ""Q by MI, died during interrogation.""
  • A detainee at Abu Ghraib Prison, captured by Navy Seal Team number seven, died on November 4, 2003, during an interrogation by Navy Seals and ""OGA."" A previously released autopsy report, that appears to be of Manadel Al Jamadi, shows that the cause of his death was ""blunt force injury complicated by compromised respiration."" New documents specifically record the circumstances of death as ""Q by OGA and NSWT died during interrogation.""
  • An Afghan civilian died from ""multiple blunt force injuries to head, torso and extremities"" on November 6, 2003, at a Forward Operating Base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Facts in the autopsy report appear to match the previously reported case of Abdul Wahid.)
  • A 52-year-old male Iraqi was strangled to death at the Whitehorse detainment facility on June 6, 2003, in Nasiriyah, Iraq. His autopsy also revealed bone and rib fractures, and multiple bruises on his body. (Facts in the autopsy report appear to match the previously reported case of Nagm Sadoon Hatab.)
“I would do it again [i.e. order torture] in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [14], U.S. Vice president and Christian (because Jesus also order people to be tortured to death?)
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“The role of Mr. Cheney is that he authorised, directed, ordered, supervised, and failed to prevent the commission of a wide range of crimes against humanity and war crimes”
~ G. Davidson [268] of Lawyers Against the War, a group seeking to have Mr. Chaney (and others) arrested and tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity
Well. The United States has been a torture state since it began with the genocide of native Americans. And has continued this obscenity right up to the expansion of its concentration camps (so-called black site prisons) under U.S. president Obama. Mr. Obama’s successor Mr. Trump declared loudly and often [309, 310] his whole hearted enthusiasm for torturing people.
Mr. Trump’s deputy director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, was alleged [334] to be directly involved in the CIA torture program under U.S. president G.W. Bush. She was also allegedly responsible [ibid] for operating a CIA Thailand concentration camp (aka CIA black site) wherein human beings were tortured. Ms. Haspel also was allegedly heavily involved in the (illegal) destruction of videotapes of her people torturing of prisoners [335] - that is to say, in obstruction of Justice and destruction of evidence. All of this was alleged to be a war crime [Op. cit.]. Haspel also oversaw brutal torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [336]. Mr. Zubaydah was abducted by the CIA in 2002. Since then he has been held without trial and without aid, undergoing water-board torture 83 times [337], forced nudity, extreme sleep deprivation and other tortures. Such as long term confinement in a box too small to turn around in, with no light, no solid food. He was forced into stress positions (see below for pictures of some of these tortures positions, which were used extensively by the Nazis - use of which has been internationally recognised as a war crimes). He was regularly beaten, and his left eye destroyed [337]. He is at time of writing, still being held in the U.S. concentration camp system (he is in the notorious Camp 7), despite the CIA admitting finally, that he is of no intelligence or military value [338]. It has been argued [339, 340, 341] that then vice president Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General John Ashcroft, and U.S. president G.W. Bush - all of whom allegedly directly approved Mr. Zubaydah’s torture - be tried under the Nuremberg Conventions and other international agreements and laws for war crimes for this and many other acts (such as the holocaust perpetrated upon Iraq). Some, such as Codeleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, and Dick Cheney have directly admitted they approved his torture [342].
A system of government wherein such persons fill important and key positions is assuredly not a healthy system. It is one very clearly declining into fascism. It may indeed be many things ... but a free and open democratic, caring and compassionate society ... is not one of them.
Gina Haspel is going to be the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. She was one of the people that ran a CIA black site where prisoners were mercilessly tortured, waterboarded, etc. And she, we understand, was the agent who led the destruction of the CIA torture tapes at the direction of the main torture ringleader, Jose Rodriguez, at the Central Intelligence Agency. That is the person who now is going to be the number two at Donald Trump’s CIA.”
~ Jeremy Scahill [480], psychopathology is required to instigate, perpetrate, or aid in the torture of anyone whatsoever or any reason, by definition
“In on declassified document among scores obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit against the architects of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques, says that chief of base and another senior counterterrorism official on scene had the sole authority power to halt the questioning. She [Gina Haspel] never did so, records show, watching as Zubaydah vomited, passed out and urinated on himself while shackled. During one waterboarding session, Zubaydah lost consciousness and bubbles began gurgling from his mouth. Medical personnel on the scene had to revive him. Haspel allowed the most brutal interrogations by the CIA to continue for nearly three weeks even though, as the cables sent from Thailand to the agency’s headquarters repeatedly stated, ’subject has not provided any new threat information or elaborated on any old threat information.’ At one point, Haspel spoke directly with Zubaydah, accusing him of faking symptoms of physical distress and psychological breakdown. In a scene described in a book written by one of the interrogators, the chief of base came to his cell and “congratulated him on the fine quality of his acting.” According to the book, the chief of base, who was identified only by title, said: ’Good job! I like the way you’re drooling; it adds realism. I’m almost buying it. You wouldnt think a grown man would do that.’ Haspel was sent by the chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism section, Jose Rodriquez, the ’handpicked warden of the first secret prison the CIA created to handle al-Qaida detainees,’ according to a little-noticed recent article in Reader Supported News by John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism officer. In his memoir, ’Hard Measures,’ Rodriquez refers to a ’female chief of base’ in Thailand but does not name her. Kirakou provided more details about her central role. ’It was Haspel who oversaw the staff,’ at the Thai prison, including James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the two psychologists who ’designed the torture techniques and who actually carried out torture on the prisoners,’ he wrote. [...]
The CIA officials in Thailand understood that the methods they were using could kill Zubaydah and said that should that happen, they would cremate his body. If he survived questioning, Haspel sought assurances that ’the subject will remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life.’”
~ Raymond Bonner [343], writing about Gina Haspel in ProPublica.
“Gina Haspel is now slated to become the second-most powerful official at the CIA despite — or because of — the central, aggressive, sustained role she played in many of the most grotesque and shameful abuses of the war on terror.”
~ G. Greenwald [337], award winning investigative journalist
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Ms. Haspel’s request was kept. Mr. Zubaydah remains, as cited above, in U.S. Concentration Camp 7. Ms. Haspel was also alleged to be central in the destruction of U.S. videotapes of torture - an act which violated multiple court orders [344]. To date despite several attempts to try her for this act alone [345], she continues in her various roles unimpeded.
Rewarding such a person despite her alleged central and obscene role in the most grotesque torture regimes since the Nazis - using in fact many of the same torture regimes for which Nazis were tried and found guilty at Nuremberg - Mr. Trump’s appointment of her as deputy CIA director sent a strong signal to the world of what the United States had become.
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Here is a photograph taken covertly by the whistleblower Ali Arkady [350], currently in hiding with his family due to death threats from the torturers. Note that Mr. Trump allegedly stated many times (e..g 352, 353) that he considered torture of human beings to be an acceptable behaviour.In other words, allegedly implying that war crimes [50] are acceptable. He also alleged continued to insist that whistleblowers be prosecuted and even assassinated [349].) The torturers in this case, were allegedly Iraq “special forces” [351] allegedly trained and allegedly equipped by the U.S. under presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump [ibid].
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Again - torture of prisoners is a war crime [50]. Those who support it, advocate for it, implement it, or appoint torturers to positions of power ... are encouraging and/or implementing war crimes. They are doing exactly the same the Nazi’s tried at Nuremberg for ordering, covering up, or implementing torture. By appointing an alleged war criminal such as Ms. Haskel, Mr. Trump was himself committing a war crime (please see the Nuremberg Transcripts and conclusions, cited previously, for details of why this is so).
“It is a travesty that somebody like Haspel would be rewarded with the second-most-important position at the CIA. But what is worse is the message that Trump is sending to the CIA workforce: Engage in war crimes, in crimes against humanity, and you’ll still get ahead. Don’t worry about the law. Don’t worry about ethics. Don’t worry about morality. We’ll take care of you. You can still make it to the top.”
~ John Kiriakou [344], former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Mr. Trump also appointed John Kelly, a retired general as Director of Fatherland Homeland Security. Mr. Kelly was a former director of the notorious U.S. Concentration Camp at Guantanamo Bay, where he allegedly [345] ordered force feeding of prisoners via rectal insertaion (a torture technique) as well as other repulsive obscenities practised upon bound and gagged inmates by brave and courageous U.S. soldiers [Op. cit.]
“Every one has real, no-kidding intelligence on them that brought them there [to the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Concentration Camp]. They were doing something negative, something bad, something violent, and they were taken from the battlefield. There are a lot of people that will dispute that, but I have dossiers on all of them, built and maintained by the intelligence community, both military and civilian. There are no innocent men down there.”
~ John Kelly [348]. Either Mr. Kelly was ignorant of the findings of the Senate Committee, Amnesty International, and a host of others [Op. cit.] which stated most of the prisoners tortured by the United States in its various concentration camps including Guantanamo Bay, were innocent, had no military or strategic value, and were being held illegally under international law
Mr. Kelly was an enthusiastic supporter of torture [311] even to the point of massive cognitive dissonance in happily stating “I don’t think that [torture program] changes the balance of what America’s human rights record is at all…” [312]. Amazing! (Please also see Psychopaths in power)).
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Such tortures and war crimes allegedly perpetrated by the United States where done with the full knowledge and compliance of 54 other countries [269, 270]. These client nations to the U.S. such as Canada, Australia, Italy, and 51 others allegedly participated in flights of rendition (torture flights to countries such as Syria outside U.S. legal jurisdiction), participated in handing over prisoners for torture [ibid], and the like. Aiding and abetting torture is itself a crime under the above mentioned Conventions and laws [51].
All governments are obliged under a host of international laws, not the least of which is the UN’s Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to prosecute persons such as Mr. Chaney, Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair, and others accused of crimes such torture. That they have not done so speaks volumes concerning the ontological, moral, and psychological foundations upon which government leaders perpetrate their lives upon others.
“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us” [264], “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work - torture works… Waterboarding is fine, but it’s not nearly tough enough, ok?” [214]
~ Donald Trump , U.S. president, billionaire politician allegedly proud of the fact that he would perpetrate war crimes - i.e. torture of human beings by the state - just so long as it is the U.S. committing such crimes. It is interesting to note the similarity of his statement, particularly the part about “they deserve it”, to some of “justifications” given by Nazi officers at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
“We were not, I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used."
~ Nancy Pelosi [308], Speaker of the U.S. House of Congress, waterboarding has been banned internationally since Nazis who were responsible for torturing prisoners in this manner were tried as war criminatls at Nuremberg Trials. Memo to Ms. Pelosi: Legal principle applicable to U.S. citizens - ignorantia legis neminem excusat (ignorance of the law is no excuse)
The United Nations has called for prosecutions of the perpetrators and those in the U.S. government who gave the orders to torture other human beings [52]. However, as with the routine torture of prisoners by the U.S. and its “allies” during the Vietnam war, or the purposeful slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians by the U.S. and Britain during the bombing of Dresden [Op. cit.], or the massive holocaust of millions in Iraq (allegedly more than 500,000 children under the age of ten murdered by U.S. troops) - please see Under-counting the dead - how governments lie about those they kill - such crimes are likely to go unpunished.
Because throughout history it is only the lower level people who, if charges are lain, are found guilty. Those in the executive branches who order war crimes, pretending not to know what their subordinates are doing, seldom are jailed or held accountable. A sad comment on human society, but there it is ...
“The Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorised a systematic regime of torture”.
~ U.S. Maj.
~ General Antonio Taguba [53]
Article 5 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 8 of the Declaration states that everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. Article 9 states that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
The U.S. stands in alleged violation of the Declaration. Each of the other countries (Britain, Australia, Canada, etc.) alleged to have been aiding and abetting of U.S. CIA rendition flights also allegedly is in violation. Under international law [Op. cit.], those in government who gave the orders whether directly or through innuendo, and those who carried out the orders, are culpable of alleged war crimes. Despite their alleged efforts to hide the truth:
“... the CIA has still largely succeeded in stripping the landmark report of anything that could lead to accountability. The agents who were not only protected from discipline for their actions but were promoted now have their names completely redacted. So, too, are the names of the dozens of countries that helped the CIA carry out its torture regime. That includes many of the world’s worst dictators – the very men America now claims to hate, including Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.”
~ T. Timm [Op. cit.] discussing redaction in the Feinstein U.S. Senate report
Finally in this section I will leave you with this quotation from the United States law 18 U.S.C. § 2340A : US Code - Section 2340A: Torture [54], and leave you to judge for yourself whether or not in addition to the obvious alleged war crimes under the laws and covenants cited above, even under the much looser U.S. law those involved in the torture program, from U.S. presidents on down the chain of command, are guilty of crimes:
  1. Offence. - Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
  2. Jurisdiction. - There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if - (1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or (2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.
  3. Conspiracy. - A person who conspires to commit an offence under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offence, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.

6.15.4 Sans raison d’etre

There is a wealth of evidence [55, 56] proving that information extracted under torture is incorrect and virtually useless. Because a person being tortured will say anything she thinks the torturers want to hear in order to have release from the agony they are inflicting upon her. Furthermore, there is strong research [315] showing that use of evidence obtained under torture encourages further torture, as despite the fact that such evidence is invariably false, it is used to justify the obscenity of torturing human beings.
Despite this various politicians around the world, particularly those who live in what are essentially U.S. colonies such as Canada and Britain, continue to justify their obscene use of torture. For example, Canada’s security minister Ralph Goodale declared [315] his government would continue the illegal use of information obtained under torture begun with the previous Harper government [316]. Mr. Goodale thereby violated the International Covenant Against Torture [Op. cit.] in exactly the same manner as the U.S.. His justifications were just as ludicrous as those proffered by his U.S. counterparts, for every intelligence agency including his own [317] had long since concluded that information obtained under torture was (in addition to being illegally and unethically obtained according to international law) extremely unreliable. Harmonisation of war crimes.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has stated that the practice which Mr. Goodale was condoning (use and trading in torture obtained information):
"[u]ndermines the absolute prohibition on torture which entails a continuum of obligations – not to torture, not to acquiesce in torture, and not to validate the results of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." [318]
ad further:
"States have publicly claimed that they are entitled to rely on information that has been derived from the illegal practices of others; in so doing they become ’consumers’ of torture and implicitly legitimise, and indeed encourage, such practices by creating a ’market’ for the resultant intelligence. In the language of criminal law, States are ’aiding and abetting’ serious human rights violations by others."
~ report by the International Commission of Jurists [319]
Mr. Goodale and prime minister Trudeau also refused to act (as they were required to do by House of Commons resolution Dec. 3, 2009) to address the wrongs of Canadian torture victims Almalki, Abou-Elmaati and Nureddin. As such both of these career politicians failed to follow their obligations binding Canada as signatory to the Convention Against Torture, to “censure in its legal system that the victim of an act of torture obtains redress and has an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible” [320]. Mr. Trudeau’s Bill C-51 “Anti-Terrorism Act” [321] also failed to stop potential use of torture by Canada’s spy agencies and Special Forces by not specifically censuring “accidental death” of detainees in their custody.
““To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he is doing is good, or else it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek justification for his actions. Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble - and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imaginations and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
Ideology - that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the granduer of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.”
~ A. Solzhenitsyn [322], writing in the “Gulag Archipelago”
Moving on:
Consider the case of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi. Mr. al-Libi was a prisoner of the United States who allegedly turned him over to Egyptian torture experts [57]. In whose ugly care Mr. al-Libi stated that yes, there was a connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, exactly what the U.S. wanted to hear to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Of course there was no connection whatsoever, nor had there ever been [58]. But the torturers were able to state that “information obtained from the Egyptian government” [59] could be used to justify the theft of oil fields in Iraq by the U.S. and their subsequent holocaust of the population, under the guise of a lie obtained under torture.
U.S. government officials such as Msrs. Brennan, Chaney, Bush, Hayden, and others who allegedly claimed [60] in response to the Feinstein and other earlier reports [Op. cit. below] that information obtained under torture was vital and therefore justified the horrific obscene acts of human rights violation by the U.S. .... were incorrect. Furthermore as pointed out above, such statements are allegedly in direct contravention of the The UN Convention Against Torture [61].
Even the heavily redacted Feinstein report [Op. cit.] clearly stated that not one U.S. life was saved by the U.S. torturing people, no useful “intelligence” was uncovered - the entire horrific, sick program for torture was of no use in saving U.S. lives..
In response to the Feinstein report the CIA, Mr. Hayden, and others allegedly culpable declared [62, 63, 64, 65] in a flood of interviews and alleged propaganda damage control [ibid] that they had only performed legally authorised acts. Former president G.W. Bush and his vice president Mr. Chaney (both of whom as you may be aware, were found guilty of war crimes by the Malay Commission [66]) hit the airwaves as well. Mr. Chaney in particular, in his loving, kind, and Christian manner repeated that the facts in the Feinstein report and the entire report itself with its careful and verified documentation, was “full of crap” [67] What a charming person.
Listening to U.S. General Hayden attempting to justify torture, stating that “we only did this to three people”, talking about the NSA workforce as being moral despite their association with torture, lecturing about the “necessity” of torture in order to “protect Americans” [297] was ... interesting. You may be interested in reading the Nuremberg transcripts [Op. cit.] of Nazi war criminals and comparing them to Mr. Hayden’s statements. Then decide for yourself if there was any significant difference.
“Our challenge is to feret out those who are not yet guilty”
~ U.S. General Michael Hayden [297] quoting, and agreeing with, the then head of Britain’s MI5. The similarities to the STASI and their belief that thought crimes must be punished is ... interesting, n’est pas?
What documentation or factual evidence did Mr. Chaney (and others) give to support such an assertion? Why none what so ever. But since politicians are so completely honest, we must just trust their word - for they would surely not lie.
“the revelation about the April 2002 document in which it is acknowledged that the tactics violate the torture statute, dramatically undermines the credibility of previous claims by the Bush White House and the CIA that they did not know whether the interrogation tactics were legal until they received guidance from OLC. The document cited on page 33 shows that the CIA knew their tactics were illegal before receiving such counsel, but were seeking a legal cover – at first, via an immunity giving advance declination, but when that failed, apparently the OLC memo. This is legally important because it utterly spoils the potential legal defence of “good faith reliance on counsel,” whereby a person who has committed an illegal act can in some instances escape liability if they show that they were relying, in good faith, on advice from an attorney. Since there is no good faith here – key CIA officials already knew the tactics were illegal before requesting legal counsel – the defence fails. And so does the CIA and White House effort to legalise the illegal.”
~ John Sifton [68], Human Rights Watch
During the Nuremberg Trials several high ranking Nazis declared there was no torture by the Nazi regime, and if there was, they were unaware of it, and that if documentation proved they were involved, such documentation was invalid and wrong. And besides, they said, were simply doing what was right in defending their country [69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 77].
The Trials however concluded that torture and similar activities cannot be excused by ignorance, appeal to “legally authorised” excuses, or through appeal to the “justification of necessity”. The similarities to what was stated by the Nazis and the “justifications” given for torture by U.S. government officials is ... interesting.
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“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it”
~ Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. [78]
Mr. Brennan (CIA head) and his stanch supporter U.S. president Mr. Obama, are pictured above. I would urge you to read Mr. Brennan’s (who was also director of U.S. drone murders [163]  [163] For example Mr. Brennan allegedly oversaw the drone murder of an ordinary young teenage civilian, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, in Yemen. The child had done nothing. But allegedly (no verifiable proof!) his father had allegedly done something. So his young son was killed. An interesting version of U.S. winning hearts and minds, don’t you feel?. in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc.) prepared statement to the press regarding this issue [79]. On a totally separate and completely unrelated topic you may also wish to read Nazi justifications for use of torture given during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials [Op. cit.].
I remind you again, that under international law including the UN Convention Against Torture [46], there is no justification for the use of torture, ever.
The Convention Against Torture was ratified by the United States in 1994 [864]. It requires prosecution of any acts of torture [57].
The New York Times [80] gave a very short list of those who should be investigated (and potentially tried) for torture. I have augmented this list slightly from the original in the Times, as follows: Any credible investigation must include
  • former U.S. president G.W. Bush,
  • his vice president Richard Cheney; David Addignton (Mr. Chaney’s chief of staff), George Tenet (former CIA director); John Yoo and Jay Bybee (legal advisers in the Bush administration who allegedly stated torture was legally acceptable [81]),
  • the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who allegedly created memoranda accepting torture [82, 83, 84, 85];
  • ose Rodriguez Jr.,(CIA officer who allegedly ordered the destruction of the videotape evidence of mass U.S. torture programs [86];
  • the psychologists and medical personnel who devised and administered torture (vide infra for discussion and citations of these people);
  • U.S. military and CIA personnel who carried out the torture;
  • Congressional and Senate personnel on committees which allegedly would have been briefed on the torture programs [87];
  • the NSA spy agency and their various military clones which allegedly had full access to communications concerning torture;
  • and many others such as the government contractor allegedly hired to carry out [88] some of the more brutal torture (rape of women, young children [Op. cit], etc.).
  • The torture program was allegedly widespread, well known by officials in government and military. Under the Conventions and laws cited above, investigation of all these persons is required.
Whether or not these and others allegedly culpable will be investigated or more properly, brought to trial in the Hague is unlikely. In a society that protects other accursed war criminals from the Nazis in the military per Operation Paperclip (vide infra for citations) to the alleged so-called [88] Butcher of Cambodia, Henry Kissinger, is of course, somewhat moot. The judgement of history although a foregone conclusion, does not effect those living in wealth and luxury while ordering others to be tortured, assassinated, or murdered all without trial or proof of any wrongdoing. How little humanity has progressed beyond the barbarism of Rome ...
“Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments. Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the extent to which officials in the executive branch went to rationalise, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit. The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.”
~ New York Times editorial [89] regarding torture revelations in the Feinstein report
“"We tortured some folks" — Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, who refused to prosecute or charge anyone, and who it has been alleged, did nothing [90] to mitigate or diminish the number of U.S. black sites and torture camps except for the one the public knew about (i.e. Guantanamo Bay). Note the diminutive phrasing used by Mr. Obama.
“Soft language issued from their spittleless lips as they swished in slow circles round and round”
~ James Joyce [91] discussing torture apologists

6.15.5 Menticide

“What happened at the brig was essentially the destruction of a human being’s mind. That’s what happened at the brig. His personality was deconstructed and reformed. ... He had developed really a tremendous identification with the goals and interests of the government. I really considered a diagnosis of Stockholm syndrome. ... extreme isolation for prolonged periods of time ... impair higher brain function. ... the testing we did do was consistent with brain damage, yes.” Dr. Hegarty [92], Columbia University
In the above quotation, Dr. Hegarty was referring to his findings of the treatment of certain people in captivity after undergoing what is known as “Menticide”.
What is Menticide? It is a system of organised torture, designed to brainwash a prisoner:
“[An] organised system of judicial perversion and psychological intervention, in which a powerful tyrant transfers his own thoughts and words into the minds and mouths of the victims he plans to destroy or to use for his own propaganda.”
~ Joost Meerloo, who coined the term in a well known paper on the the issue [93] in 1951
You may be interested in reading through the U.S. SERE Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure [94], for a delightful look into the techniques which decades of experimentation by U.S. government doctors since Meerloo’s paper, have produced.
These techniques allegedly draw upon work [95] to produce a rapid deterioration of a person’s persona – that which makes a person human. Many supposedly reputable academic psychologists in the area of sensory deprivation, false memory, etc. have allegedly contributed to this research. The techniques have been alleged to have been used on U.S. prisoner K. S. Mohammad [96], who confessed to such a bevy of crimes and activities that ten people would have been hard pressed to conduct. Typical of the techniques of Menticide, a subject will even come to believe that what he is told to say is true.
The SERE Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure [Op. Cit.] coupled with research on Menticide make for an interesting read. The idea, in the words of Vice Admiral L. Jacoby, U.S. Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, is in part to “create an atmosphere of complete dependency and trust” [97] between torturers and torturer, or if you prefer, subject and interrogator.
Menticide is torture. it involves ritual humiliation, the depravities of sodomy and physical torture already discussed, and the obscenity of psychological tortures allegedly devised by APA registered psychologist [98 and Op. cit. below] whose companies are paid millions [Op. cit.] by the U.S. taxpayer to devise even more horrors.
As Orwell so astutely noted in speaking of Winston Smith’s conversion, those subjected to what we now call Menticide, come to be utterly helpless mentally and physically. The psychological destruction of a human being is a war crime. On a totally unrelated note, you may wish to study the ample documentation [99] on the long term U.S. alleged torture of the 15 year old Canadian child Omar Khadr.
The U.S. and its client state Canada under prime Minister Harper (please see Soft Fascism by example)) has stated repeatedly [262, 263] that 15-year old Mr. Khadr had “confessed” to war crimes. This is a contemptible ploy, for under international laws to which the U.S. is signatory [Op. cit.]:
  1. No nation may use statements made under torture for self-incrimination,
  2. No nation may imprison and/or torture a child,
  3. No nation may prolong such detention without trial,
  4. No nation may imprison and abuse those it claims to be child soldiers
“Under the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war, soldiers who kill other soldiers in battle are not committing crimes. Otherwise, how could we have civilised wars? It was only some time after 9/11 that George W. Bush unilaterally decided that al-Qaeda fighters weren’t legitimate wartime combatants entitled to this protection. So Mr. Khadr was found guilty of a crime that wasn’t a crime when it happened – if it happened. And he remains the only person in modern history to be tried for killing another soldier during a battle.”
~ Dr. Gerald Caplan [354], professor or African History, expert in public policy analysis
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Figure 6.103 Omar Khadr age 15, buried under rubble in Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan in 2002, from photos obtained by the Toronto Star - "a soldier stood on top of Khadr’s body before realising someone was buried” [355]
The second photo is of Omar Khadr moments after being removed from the rubble. The graphic exit wounds and bleeding have been obscured in the photo, also obtained by the Toronto Star.
Omar Khadr could not have thrown the grenade, completely buried himself under rocks, bleeding and unconscious, literally seconds before U.S. special forces arrived at the scene. Additionally “the incident report submitted by the senior officer on site the day after the battle, which completely exonerates him”
~ S. Garossino [356]
he U.S. military’s initial report was based upon eyewitness accounts by U.S. soldiers in the area, and submitted by Maj. Randy Watt one day after 15-year old Omar Khadr was pulled from the rubble, gravely wounded. It completely exonerated Mr. Khadr of any action [358]. According to later reports by news organisations such as the CBC however, the U.S. military subsequently doctored initial reports [357] to make it appear as if Mr. Khadr - a gravely injured child - had attacked U.S. soldiers with a grenade. Mr. Khadr was taken to one of the U.S. concentration camps and subsequently tortured over many years.
Furthermore, as with so many of the other cases, the U.S. claimed to have evidence supporting their torture and imprisonment of Mr. Khadr ... but has to date not presented it for examination. What has been found however, is that Mr. Khadr was photographed under rubble at the time he was said to have thrown a grenade which killed a U.S. soldier, and that he had no memory of ever having been a child soldier or done what the U.S. claimed he had done. Yet without proof, Mr. Khadr at the age of 15 was imprisoned, tortured repeatedly, held in solitary confinement, denied his basic human rights under various international laws to which the U.S. is signatory ... for more than a decade. What does this say about the United States leadership and the soldiers who perpetrated this action? Please q.v. The White Rose Campaign for Human Rights for a possible explanation of their actions.
“As part of his plea deal, Khadr agreed to a statement of facts admitting to killing Sgt. Speer, and promised never to seek forensic review of the evidence which might one day prove his innocence. He also agreed to permit the U.S. government to destroy all evidence following sentencing.”
~ S. Garossino [360]
Well, sometimes it is may not be at all difficult to deduce who is a terrorist and who is not. Is the woman below mocking naked prisoners who have been tortured by the U.S. a terrorist? Under international law, she and those other U.S. soldiers who partook has been alleged by some to be guilty of at the very least, human rights abuses and more likely, war crimes.
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6.15.6 Human Experimentation: Joseph Mengele?

“We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain."
~ Dr. Jose Delgado [100], Director of Neuropsychiatry Yale University Medical School, whose research was funded by the U.S. taxpayer and U.S. military
In my article Is Experimenting on Humans Ever Justified? I indicated that sick twisted mentally ill people have willingly and en masse experimented on other humans, sometimes killing them in the process, often breaking them into gibbering shadows of what it is to be human, and sadly .... worse. In fact military experimentation on humans is one of the most depraved actions our species has ever committed. Tragically, such actions are still going on. This time allegedly under the auspices of the U.S. government, the alleged depravities of which the Feinstein report makes clear.
Consider the alleged notes of Dr. Bruce Jessen, a psychologist allegedly under contract to the CIA [101].
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The picture is a single page of a heavily redacted U.S. SERE Interrogation Memo allegedly standardising use of torture practices by the United States.
Jessen allegedly authored the “Draft Exploitation Plan” [102] used by the U.S. military as a guide in allegedly torturing prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay alleged concentration camp and at similar alleged U.S. alleged torture sites in Iraq, Afghanistan, alleged black site prisons in Morocco, Syria, etc. [103, 104]. Jessen and others whose names are readily available from the citations, were allegedly also involved in designing survival techniques which were then reverse engineered to produced “enhanced” torture techniques [ibid]. The details and documents are horrific, and can be read here: [104].
Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen who were allegedly (along with other private company consultant) instrumental in the U.S. torture program [105], were allegedly hired without any known qualifications in interrogation, specialised knowledge about “terrorism”, or relevant knowledge of the prisoners cultural background, nor any knowledge of prisoner language, neurolinguistics, legal knowledge of prisoner rights, legal knowledge of the Geneva convention, historical knowledge of Nazi torture programs and the Nuremberg Trials, etc. Rather they were allegedly curious about whether the techniques and theories they had around “learned helplessness” derived from torturing experimenting on dogs, were applicable to human beings [ibid, 106].
In an interview [107] James Mitchell allegedly stated that they were interested in developing techniques to bring about “total submission” in prisoners. In effect to so break them as human beings that they would do anything they were told without questions, and say anything without hesitation. Interestingly the Nazi torturer Dr. Joseph Mengele was also interested in breaking people to bring about total and absolute submission, but of course he was an evil war criminal, whereas the medical and psychological personnel helping the U.S. were patriots.
Additionally, declassified documents [288, 289] released in 2016 indicated large scale support of torture by medical doctors. The CIA’s Office of Medical Staff (OMS) provided specifications for torture. The rectal feeding technique mentioned above for example, came from doctors in the OMS for enforcing sleep deprivation, limiting the caloric intake of detainees’ food, and the proper positions for waterboarding, as outlined in a 2004 document providing “guidelines on medical and psychological support” for torture.
“The guidelines are an affront to my profession, the medical and mental-health professions, and health professionals should know better and be ashamed of defending a document like this,” V. Iacopino [289], Medical Director of Physicians for Human Rights.
Other documents [288] show that physicians helped CIA torturers with guidelines for a large number of torture techniques, such as long term forcing of limbs into almost breaking positions, severe food restrictions, waterboarding, hanging upside down, confinement to spaces too small for movement, and so on. The CIA is legally prevented from conducting human experimentation through torture or other means [290], the CIA director is allowed to “approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research” [291]. In other words, to essentially order whatever he wishes against another human being. Hence the OMS could state that:
“every application of the waterboard be thoroughly documented ... to best inform future medical judgements and recommendations”
~ OMS declassified document [291].
This is a war crime under international law, the Nuremberg findings, the UN Convention Against Torture, and a host of other treaties, laws, and agreements. That it was ordered by the White House is a tragic comment on the deterioration of ethics in a once great nation.
You may recall that the Nazi Dr. Joseph Mengele [108], a man who was instrumental in designing many Nazi torture techniques, was also involved in reverse engineering data on how long a person could survive before dying, so that this information could be used in torture.
The similarity between what the U.S. government ordered in the torture of individuals and what the Nazi government under Hitler regarding both the torture of individuals and their use in “medical experiments” before they died, is sadly obvious.

6.15.7 A very brief look at some U.S. history regarding torture

In 1947, a Japanese soldier was found guilty of using the torture of water boarding against a U.S. citizen during World War II. He was charged with committing a war crime for this action and spent more than 15 years in prison as a result [109].
Since that time, the United States has allegedly used this form of torture (as well as many others in various U.S. venues from the Vietnamese war to the Iraq war, etc.) on many prisoners [110, 11, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119]. This has lead some experts to alleged that the U.S. has become a torture state (See Blume [120], Chomsky [121], UN reports [122], Amnesty International reports [123], the task force report [124] discussed below, admissions by the U.S. Vice president [125], and many others for detailed discussion and documentation).
Whistleblower and U.S. citizen John Kiriakou was thrown in jail by the U.S. for informing reporters of this illegal activity on the part of his government [262]. What sort of a government does this to its own citizens? Why, one that things torture and debasement of other human beings is a good thing.
(an image: pls click to see it) “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us” [264], “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work - torture works… Waterboarding is fine, but it’s not nearly tough enough, ok?” [214]
~ Donald Trump , U.S. president, billionaire politician allegedly proud of the fact that he would perpetrate war crimes - i.e. torture of human beings by the state - just so long as it is the U.S. committing such crimes. It is interesting to note the similarity of his statement, particularly the part about “they deserve it”, to some of “justifications” given by Nazi officers at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Just the most recent of a long line of U.S. presidents, cabinet members, and ranking politicians who condoned the madness of torture of other humans during illegal (and amoral) U.S. invasions of other lands. Please see The Hubris of Empire: Is the United States the world’s greatest threat to peace? , Under-counting the dead - how governments lie about those they kill , and Are U.S. Run Torture Sites Crimes Against Humanity? for details.) Accountability? None to date - the perpetrators live lives of riches and luxury while the millions [ibid] slaughtered at their orders lie in unmarked graves.
At any rate, if any of the documentation is true - and according a plethora of research findings not the least of which is the U.S. Senate report cited [Op. cit.] - it most assuredly is ... then that country would join a tiny handful of dictatorships such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Syria in having a policy of state torture of prisoners. A very, very sad moral devolution for a once great nation.
In addition to the forgoing citations, a report [124] authored by a blue ribbon group of high ranking military, political, NGO, and academics concluded after exhaustive examination that
"it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture. This finding, offered without reservation .... the nation’s highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing to the spread of torture. ... The United States may not declare a nation guilty of engaging in torture and then exempt itself from being so labelled for similar if not identical conduct."
~ 577 page report from the Task Force on Detainee Treatment [124]
The task force found the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations all allegedly guilty of these and other alleged crimes [ibid]. Note however that the task force did not examine the many well documented allegations of torture by U.S. troops on foreign soil [126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131], nor did it examine flights of rendition, holding whistleblowers in solitary confinement for over a year [133], or the many other forms studies at the Russel War Crimes trials and in the citations given above.
Yet the report from the task force [124] in addition to allegedly proving that U.S. routinely used and uses torture, that there was absolutely no legal way to justify such atrocities (i.e the Yoo-Bybee [136] “justification” used by that government was and is, baseless absurdity).
“... the CIA leadership had become experts in derailing serious threats from Congress: ‘They create something that is horrible but not that bad. Give them something that sounds terrible. “Oh my God, we were shoving food up a prisoner’s ass!” Meanwhile, they’re not telling the committee about murders, other war crimes, and secret prisons like we still have in Diego Garcia. The goal also was to stall it as long as possible, which they did.’”
~ from an article “The Killing of Osama bin Laden” [287] by Seymour Hersh who as stated previously was the winner of two National Magazine Awards, five time Polk winner, recipient of the prestigious Orwell Award, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the U.S. massacre (i.e. war crime) of the entire civilian population of My Lai and its cover-up by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War..
Let’s now look at the Nazi connection:
The United States secretly grabbed as many of the Nazi notes on human experimentation as they could at the end of WWII [135]. During Operation Paperclip [Op. cit.] the U.S. careful protected German scientists, doctors, psychologists and other who had participated in torture, gave them new identities, and brought them to the United States. The U.S. has allegedly protected many of these people for decades against investigations by a number of international groups, including the Wiesenthal Centre.
In 1953 the U.S. allegedly ran the MK-ULTRA program complete with the administration of electroshock and hallucinogens, psychological torture which included forced standing for very long periods, months of total isolation, extreme sleep deprivation, and the basest forms of humiliation [137]. The program is very well documented in the torture literature - please see [138] for a good overview.
During the 20 year long Vietnam War (or as it is known in Vietnam to this day, the Resistance Against America War [139]), the U.S. allegedly performed many more experiments on human prisoners. For example, under the U.S. Phoenix Program allegedly U.S. personnel inflicted psychological torture and brutal interrogations on prisoners [ibid]. The U.S.“Kubark Counterintelligence Interrogation” guide for example, advised U.S. personnel in how to “debility, disorientation and dread” [140].
In 1983 at the U.S. School of the Americas the Kubark guide was updated and retitled as the “Human Resource Exploitation Manual” [145]. It was allegedly widely disseminated to some of Latin America’s most brutal but U.S.-friendly regimes [ibid] and allegedly used during the years of the “disappeared” when civilians were taken, tortured, and later dumped in mass graves [146, 148]. Zinn [149], Chomsky [150, 151], and many others have produced thorough documentation on this issue.
So many voices both within the U.S. and in other countries complained about the U.S. use of torture and of human experimentation that the U.S. Congress investigations into these and many other alleged U.S. atrocities resulted in bans of these practices. Litigation under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act by journalists [152] finally brought the two human experimentation and torture manuals mentioned above into public hands (albeit with redaction). The manuals are now readily available through most good university libraries, and make for some rather horrific reading.
At the time, the public and the world was promised “never again” - that the U.S. would never again use torture and human experimentation. Fortunately as you know, politicians, military leaders, and secretive three-letter spy agencies always respect human rights and keep their promises to the public and the world. Hence the proof otherwise in Feinstein report, the calls around the world and even in the New York Times for the current torturers and high government officials to be led to account ... must be wrong. Right?
Finally, I would strongly recommend that you take the time to read through translations of the Norwegian War Crimes Trials [153]. In those trials use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” as Msrs. Obama, Bush, Chaney, Hayden, Brennan, Rumsfeld and other U.S. persons attempting to justify U.S. torture programs call them, were firmly established as a war crime. In Norway anyone using such techniques is guilty of a capital offence.
In fact, in the 1937 "Verschärfte Vernehmung" written by Hitler’s Gestapo. the very same techniques - I’ll say that again - the very same techniques for which the Nazi’s were later convicted, were allegedly employed by the U.S. under Msrs. Bush and Obama. Again, I invite you to read the details (available in translation here [154, 155].
“The interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn’t-somehow-torture–”enhanced interrogation techniques”–is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.”
~ A. Sullivan [156], writing in The Atlantic, 2007
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The picture above is from an archive at the Dachau Museum showing some of the torture methods used by the Nazis as the Dachau concentration camp. Note the extreme similarity to torture methods allegedly used by the United States, such as in the case of Dilawar of Yakubi discussed and cited previously. The primary difference is that as pointed out by Sullivan and others [Op. cit.], the methods allegedly used by the U.S. were even more barbarous and obscene than those allowed by the Nazi Verschärfte Vernehmung torture manual.
Again, as of 1948 such activities have been designated war crimes, are illegal in all civilised nations, and illegal under international laws to which the U.S. is a signatory.
Given the overwhelming evidence of torture and medical experimentation on humans by force - most recently in the well documented horrors cited above - there appears to be strong indication that the perpetrators including the medical personel and the politicians who gave the orders, are as guilty of crimes against humanity as those charged for identical activities at the Nuremberg Trials.
Please also see the article referred to above: Is Experimenting on Humans Ever Justified? .

6.15.8 Mind set

"His hands are tied to his ankles, he wheezes and gasps for air, too tired to cry, but in too much pain to remain silent”
~ Eric Fair [283], one of many official U.S. torturers
Listening to U.S. torturer Eric Fair [283], one of the very few to come foreword and discuss what he and his fellows had done under orders directly from Donald Rumsfeld (U.S. Secretary of Offence Defence) is something everyone in the U.S. and Britain should do. Mr. Fair discussed the U.S. torture of people at U.S. military prisons at Abu Ghraib (Cuba) and Fallujah (Iraq). Mr. Fair, like many of the torturers, considered himself a moral man, and practising Christian. He liked the comradere of the torturers, and the military. He has never been charged for what he did (as discussed below, the U.S. has worked hard to prevent its government, president, and military from being brought before war crimes commissions). Furthermore while Mr. Fair has come to regret what he did, most others involved, exactly like the Nazi torturers and Nazi leaders, were proud of their torture and war crimes [ibid]. In fact, many years later Donald Trump - the leading U.S. Republican candidate for president - stated [284, 285] that if elected president he would order torture of people wherever the U.S. invaded. There was thunderous applause in the room to Mr. Trump ’s statement.
I have discussed elsewhere resent research on the prevalence of psychopathologies amongst some of those in power in corporations, military, and government Psychopaths in Power . With that well established research in mind, I invite you to consider the mind set of people who would actually try to justify the torture, sodomising of children, and Mengela-like obscenity of experimenting on living prisoners. The powerful people marching before the television cameras objecting to the Feinstein report by claiming their actions in ordering torture were somehow “justified” is a case in point. So I ask again, what type of mind actually thinks it is fine to torture people? Or to crucify them?
“I would do it again in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [Op. cit.], U.S. Vice president.
“At Abu Ghraib, he stood on a cardboard box, hooded and holding electric wires. “They forced him to lie on the ground, loudspeakers blasting music into his ears. The ordeal lasted only a day, ‘but it felt like two years.’ They beat him regularly, and, on three occasions, subjected him to electric shock treatments. ‘It feels like your eyes will explode,’ a soldier said, ‘we are doing what the interrogators want. They want us to make your life very difficult so you will answer the questions.’ After his release, he founded the Association of Victims of American Occupation Prisons in Baghdad. ‘There is not one person in prison in Iraq who has not been subjected to some kind of abuse.’”
~ from “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,”, photographer: Chris Bartlett [261], via N. Vargas-Cooper at the Intercept [262]
“Divorced with seven children, she is an accountant in Baghdad. ‘They put me in a room and they put my son in a cage in front of me.’ The soldier said to her, ‘Confess that you know terrorists or I will send you to a place where they will rape you. They will do things to you that you could never imagine.’”
~ from “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,”, photographer: Chris Bartlett [261], via N. Vargas-Cooper at the Intercept [262]
“One of 10 siblings, he raised sheep, cattle, and goats for sale at the market. He had never been arrested before, never had any dealings with the authorities. They came for him at night. The soldiers knocked on the door. His mother, carrying her six-year-old daughter, went to open the door. A bomb, ‘with nails in it,’ blew open the door, killing his mother and sister. They put him in a vehicle, covering his head with a piece of clothing stained with his mother’s blood. He was released after three months at Abu Ghraib. He was never charged or accused of doing anything wrong.”
~ from “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,”, photographer: Chris Bartlett [261], via N. Vargas-Cooper at the Intercept [262]
“First they got me naked, and they tied my hands to the door. My detention lasted six months. I was always naked, always tied to the door, they brought the dogs to us.”
~ from “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,”, photographer: Chris Bartlett [261], via N. Vargas-Cooper at the Intercept [262]
“He was put in a steel cage a meter wide and a meter high. ‘I asked why they are doing this, so they hit me.’”
~ from “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,”, photographer: Chris Bartlett [261], via N. Vargas-Cooper at the Intercept [262]
“I would do it again in a minute”
~ R. Chaney [Op. cit.], U.S. Vice president.
These are the statements of the lucky few who managed to live through their torture at the hands of U.S. military. No charges were ever brought against them. They were eventually released.
Ask yourself what kind of mind, what kind of person, would sit down and carefully construct the most obscene ugly torture programs including medical experimentation on torture victims as discussed, as if it was just another psychology experiment? The answer is not difficult, is it. The perpetrators were all, as the Nuremberg and subsequent conventions mandate, guilty of war cimes and crimes against humanity. The soldiers, politicians, MDs, psychiatrists and psychologists are under these conventions, guilty of aiding and abetting torture of prisoners and so also guilty of war crimes.
“Let me make very clear the position of my government and our country. We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul and our being.”
~ U.S. president G. W. Bush [157] after having allegedly repeatedly ordered U.S. troops to torture prisoners [128, 129], along with others in his Cabinet
As Singh and Jaffers [ibid] showed, this U.S. president (lower case intentional) had allegedly personally ordered dozens of people to be tortured shortly before making this statement. And allegedly set up a Star Chamber composed of senior members of his Cabinet, ordering the torture of children [129, 130], his own country’s citizens (eg.. [159]), and others.
Mr. Bush’s government also refused l to sign a Congressional bill outlawing the use of torture against U.S. prisoners [160]. See Singh [129] for additional documentation and citations, as well as Greenwald [161] and Blume [162] for an introduction to this subject,the report of the Russell War Crimes trial [163], the documentation present during the Spanish court rendition cases [164], documentation from Human Rights Watch on the issue [165], as well as reports from the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture [166] for documentation and detailed citation lists.
’I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ’... go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did. And then God would tell me ’... go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did... I feel God’s words coming to me"
~ a U.S. president and Christian fundamentalist [167, 168]. Corroborated by the BBC [169].
“Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot... It’s fun to shoot some people."
~ Lt. General James Mattis [170], avowed Christian, a three star Marine general and commander of US Marine expeditions, later appointed top Marine General at U.S. Central Command
“The Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorised a systematic regime of torture”.
~ U.S. Maj.
~ General Antonio Taguba [171] referring to a U.S. president, an avowed Christian fundamentalist
What kind of minds order the torture of other humans. Not healthy ones, perhaps?
"My religion is kindness."
~ the 14th Dalai Lama [173]
What kind of minds? Not ones like that of the Dalai Lama perhaps, but those more like those already discussed. And those in tun with the viewpoints of Mr. Inhofe, pictured below.
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Who is Mr. Inhofe? He is a long time United States Senator and at time of writing, current chairman United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works [240]. In this position he has stated publicly that that humans cannot influence climate change because (his version of a) God is the only one who can effect climate [241] Mr. Inhofe’s primary source of campaign funding is oil and gas industries [247]. QED.
Well, more germane to the current discussion is the fact that Mr. Inhofe was also a leading figure in panels questioning witnesses regarding some of the torture carried out at the U.S. concentration camp prisoner camp, Abu Ghraib. There he stated that he was “outraged by the outrage” worldwide concerning U.S. treatment of prisoners [242] outlined above. Perhaps he was unfamiliar with international law (which as cited below, even the U.S. military eventually admitted to violating [Op. cit. subra], of the many treaties the U.S. had signed and was now allegedly in contravention of, the War Crimes Trials of the the Nazis at Nuremberg for allegedly identical practices which Mr. Inhofe appeared to support, etc. He seemed to indicate in follow up remarks that the prisoners deserved what happened to them. Mr. Infofe also voted against [243, 244] the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 which tried to prohibit "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of individuals in U.S. torture facilities. Interestingly Mr. Inhofe has indicated [245] that he is a “Christian”, presumably because allegedly like himself Jesus approved of torturing men, women, and children without trial, proof of wrong doing, or recourse to the legal system.
What kind of minds? What kind indeed.

6.15.9 Coalition of willing

“The Western media is unleashing such a baseless propaganda, which make us surprise but it reflects on what is in their hearts and gradually they themselves become captive of this propaganda. They become afraid of it and begin to cause harm to themselves. Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people. It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that. You can understand as to what will be the performance of the nation in a war, which suffers from fear and helplessness.”
~ Osama bin Laden [329], trained by the CIA at age 22 [330], given weapons by the U.S. to attack the Russians [331], Mr. bin Laden was interviewed in Karachi, 2001, Sept. 28
Figure 6.109 Painting by Anthony Freda
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The European Court of Human Rights has found the U.S. CIA and the U.S. government itself guilty of torturing prisoners, (a war crime), sodomising prisoners (human rights abuse and depravity), and worse during their rendition program [174, 175].
“In the court’s view, such treatment had amounted to torture, in violation of Article 3 [of the European human rights convention]”
~ EU Court of Human Rights [ibid]
Well, this much is obvious to anyone. Or should be. But it begs the question of the culpability of individual politicians in other governments who as pointed out previously, allegedly aided and abetted the alleged depravity of flights of rendition for torture.
An example: Macedonia kidnapped a German citizen named Khalid al-Masri [186].
The Macedonian government allegedly sent Mr. al-Masri to the CIA, because he happened to have the same name as someone else on the CIA’s watch list. The CIA happily took Mr. al-Marsi to one of their concentration camps black sites in Afghanistan to be tortured and sodomised [177, 178, 179]. The fine U.S. patriots who tortured Mr. al-Masri, after they realised they had tortured a completely innocent human being - a citizen of a friendly country in fact - allegedly continued to torture him regardless [ibid].
While he was there, other prisoners were brutally beaten, medically forced to stay away up to 180 days, drowned to the point of unconsciousness over and over again, and more as cited previously.
Finally, Mr. al-Marsi was released. The U.S. agents then dumped him by the side of the road in Albania and told him never to tell anyone what had happened to him [180]. Had Mr. al-Masri not been a German national, and had the German government not found out that a totally innocent citizen of their was allegedly being tortured, well.... you can guess what would have happened to him.
Here is another example the alleged complicity of a government in this obscenity of torture: The UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT) has reviewed Canada’s compliance with Geneva Convention, finding Canada to be "complicit in torture" [181] and rendition under two prime ministers (lower case intentional), pointing most strongly perhaps to the regime under prime minister Stephen Harper. That is to say, Canada allegedly had a sitting prime minister whose regime (made up of a large number of evangelical Christians [182]) was complicit in one of the ultimate depravities a human being can commit. Largely without any comment from the media or they people of that nation.
Mr. Toews (Canada’s Minister of Public Safety under Mr. Harper), approved the use of information obtained under torture [183] (with some minor caveats), in allegedly direct violation of international laws mentioned above, and certainly in contradiction to the well known and empirically proven [Op. cit.] fact that information obtained under torture is inaccurate information [Op. cit.], and as the Feinstein report unequivocally stated, has saved no lives nor led to usable intelligence [ibid]..
Regardless of these facts, Mr. Harper’s government also, in Bill C-42, forbade any federal police (RCMP) member from questioning the use of illegal torture-tainted evidence, under the threat of dismissal [184]. The International Criminal Court (ICC), has publicly stated [185] that it is looking into formal investigation of Canada’s specific role in detainee torture, under Mr. Harper. When questions were raised in the House of Commons concerning this matter, Mr. Harper prorogued (dismissed) parliament twice, effectively silencing demands for investigation [186, 187, 188].
Not to single out Canada here, for as previously cited allegedly fifty-four [Op. cit.] governments allegedly cooperated with the U.S. torture program and/or flights of rendition. Remember - no judicial oversight, no appearance before a jury of peers, no due process, no Habeus corpus ... just tying people up so they could not move, tying a bag over their heads, roughing them up, then putting them on a plane or ship or submarine to be taken to concentration camps black sites to be allegedly tortured by U.S. personnel or delivered “friendly countries” to be allegedly tortured by proxy. All without any valid proof of committing any crime, all without any chance to defend themselves.
Article 7-1 of the Convention Against Torture explicitly requires all signatories who know of credible allegations that government officials, contractors, employees, etc. have been complicit in torture or in ordering torture to "submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution".
Under the Convention it is also required that in Article 2 that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture .... an order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture".
“How long does a perpetrator stay a perpetrator, how long does a victim stay a victim”
~ R. ben Abib: statement on Rwandan genocide [189]
Mr. Harper’s response when asked about the Feinstein report was, in alleged direct violation of the above mentioned to which Canada is a signatory:
“It has nothing to do with Canada”
~ S. Harper [190], standing up for human rights, defending people being tortured, holding the torturers to account, bravely supporting his obligations under the UN Charter and the Covenant against Torture, bravely supporting the Geneva convention and ... oh, wait a minute ... not any of that.
Finally, the case of Maher Arar, sadly one of many which illustrates the contempt of government personel for their own citizens:
Maher Arar was a Canadian citizen. On his way home form a family vacation in 2002, he was seized by U.S. personnel and held virtually incommunicado for 13 days. Then early one morning secretly flown to Syria. Where he was held in a coffin-like cell for a year during which he was brutally tortured.
Despite early efforts of Mr. Arar’s wife back in Canada, Canadian government officials did nothing even going so far as to deny that Mr. Arar had been taken [217]. Finally, thanks to Dr. Arar (Maher’s wife) appeals to the press for help, the help of Amnesty International, and others, and the eventual public outcry ... the Canadian government which up until that point had done nothing to protect one of their nationals, was forced to act.
After “negotiations” which took two years, Mr. Arar was eventually released. In later investigations [218] both the Canadian officials involved as well as their U.S. counterparts were found to be complicit in flights of rendition and torture.
According to Mr. Arar’s family, Mr. Arar still wakes up screaming more than a decade later [216, 217, 218]. Just as in the case Mr.al-Masri discussed previously, no explanation has ever been given why Mr. Arar was seized and tortured without trial or charge.
To this day for these and all the other [219] innocent victims of flights of rendition and torture - none of the nameless government agents or bureaucrats involved, nor those politicians who gave the orders, has been held accountable,.
“America the beautiful ... land of the free, home of the brave”
~ from a popular U.S. song

6.15.10 National Security

“Democracy and torture cannot peacefully coexist in the same body politic”
~ U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering [193]
The Feinstein report was specific to CIA involvement - it did not investigate any of the other agencies in the U.S. reportedly complicit in torture. Hence the torture of Mr. Arar, Mr. al-Masri, or others like them who were seized without trial, held, and tortured with no explanation ever given, was not investigated. Even when the Arar family with much difficulty brought a federal lawsuit [222] with the help of the U.S. Centre for Constitutional Rights against the U.S. government, the was dismissed under that old sham of “national security” [221]. There are many, many other reports of similar and worse,
Feinstein nor any other government body has ever investigated or charged those involved. Just as with the STASI, such inaction leads perpetrators to believe they are invulnerable, and can essentially do what they want all under the ludicrous excuse of “national security” to hide alleged war crimes, is anathema to democracy and decency. This attitude was certainly common with the Nazis at Nuremberg.
If you take the time to read through the Geneva Convention it is very clear that virtually every article therein has been violated by torture centres at Abu Ghraib, Bagram, Guantanamo Bay, and the many U.S. black sites [191, 192]. (Also see a summary of current research on the issue here [194].)
Yet U.S. leaders (and to some extent those in Britain as well) justify the most horrific tortures of other humans on the basis that somehow they are destroying people in the interest of something called “National Security”, although exactly what this means is as with all propaganda memes, never elaborated.
If you read through The Tshwane Principles [195] which carefully look into the merits of government keeping secrets from the public, it soon becomes clear that the common usage of “national security” has nothing whatsoever to do with securing anyone other than political, corporate, and military leaders from the wrath of the public should what these people are actually doing become widely known.
"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us."
~ George H.W. Bush, U.S. president, to journalist Sarah McClendon of the White House Press Corps, 1992 [196]
I would urge you too, to read the Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information [197]. The 68-page document is readily available, and puts to rest the inane propaganda touted by those who would spy on everyone all the time. The need for the type of horrific structure the U.S. led Five-Eyes Panopticon and have put into place is shown therein to be far, far more than anything factually need to protect the citizens of a country from outside threat.
Reading the transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials it is interesting how the Nazis justified their horrors in similar terms - stating that what they did was in the interest of the Security of the German Reich - i.e. “National Security”. The similarities to the words of similar apologists in our own time including U.S. senators [164]  [164] Lower case intentional (eg. [198, 199], vice presidents [200], secretaries of defence [201, 202], and many others are striking. In this regard you may enjoy reading Annas and Grodin’s “The Nuremberg Code in United States Courts: Ethics vs. Expediency” [203] for an interesting foray into state pathology.)
And so yet again, those in power condemn war crimes only when it is in their interests to do so. Otherwise the violators regardless of their crimes, are hailed as fine fellows and great patriots. While those such as Sophie and Hans Scholl who dared to speak the truth, are vilified. Or worse, ignoredThe White Rose Campaign for Human Rights .
When those perpetrating horror are not held to account the opportunity for the rise of state terrorism and disregard for basic human irights, let alone compassion, is sadly inevitable.

6.15.11 Cognitive dissonance

Country X tortures a U.S. citizen = torture
U.S. tortures a non-U.S. citizen = Patriotic Duty to Protect our Freedoms
According to a Pew Research Centre’s report [204], the majority of U.S. citizens support the use of torture. Against others of course, not against themselves. Just wanted to make that point clear.
The same report showed that just under 60% of those surveyed actually believed that torture (such as the Crucifixion of the innocent taxi driver discussed above) produced information which helped prevent “terrorist attacks”. Despite the absolute wealth of factual evidence to the contrary.
In another survey by a media group [205] found that the majority of U.S. citizens surveyed considered the Feinstein report to be a threat to U.S. “national security”. Similar the majority, in direct contradiction to the mountain of factual evidence gleaned over more that fifty years, that the CIA was telling the truth regarding this and other similar matters.
Effective propaganda relies upon several psychological tools ranging from the obvious ones of fear induction all the way to the subtleties of doxal acculturation  [165]  [165] “Doxa” is a technical term used in philosophy, systems theory, and in the study of propaganda.. Think of it as indicating the unconscious acceptance of propaganda, no matter how ludicrous. I discuss its meaning more fully here: What is Doxa and Invisible Acculturation? .. When the propaganda goes directly against easily obtainable evidence, a type of mass cognitive dissonance (psychological means of justifying to incompatible concepts) sets into the citizenry as a whole. Cognitive dissonance always leads to stress. A good example is the propaganda phrase “my country right or wrong” which sets kindness and compassion in opposition to the slaughter of millions during the 20theand 21st century wars for to steal oil. The end result is a citizenry which on the whole denies obvious factual evidence in favour of blind obedience.
As I have pointed out elsewhere Media Controls Most Narratives), Are Pandemics Profitable?), Can Democracy be Easily Ended? (Yes - 10 easy steps)), Censorship and Bibliocaust), and Is Universal Surveillance Oppression? Yes.) the United States has one of the most successful propaganda systems in history. Combined with the mass functional illiteracy in that country (the worst of all OECD countries Your Educational System is designed to foster illiteracy)), little wonder that even the most horrific alleged war crime - torturing people to death for no reason (other perhaps, than sadism) - is shrugged off as somehow “necessary for our safety”. Ludicrous, but under the cognitive dissonance so thick in that society, accepted as truth none the less. Or even praised by such worthies as Msrs. Chaney, Rumsfeld, Hayden, Brennen, and so on down an unfortunately long list.
Another part of the propaganda picture which renders the obscenity of state torture acceptable in the alleged minds of so many U.S. citizens, is the use of televising programs which show torture as “beneficial” and “acceptable” when used by the brave U.S. heroes. In the horrible show “24” for example, torture is depicted as a useful tool which only hurts for a moment [206, 207]. In a recent episode for example, a suspect’s hand (that is to say, the hand of a human being who had not been charged with a crime in a court of law) was repeatedly smashed into a pulp by the gun butt of the brave U.S. hero.
Or consider this quotation from a U.S. soap- opera:
"Normally, I’d start with the drill or a scalpel," he told Perkins, who was bound and gagged, looking on in terror. "Peeling off the skin can be beautiful. Or removing fingers, toes; I like the feeling of a toe being separated from a foot. ... I’m so sorry, because I’m going to enjoy this." [208]
Such abominations are standard TV fare in the United States. Viewers are inundated with shows depicting torture as a normal part of doing business. In the horrible show the “Arrow” for example, the multibillionaire crime-fighter Oliver regularly tortures other human beings because 1) he has decided they deserve it 2) he is a wealthy hero and they aren’t and 3) torture always works (in this horrible TV show at least) to extract information which will save other people’s lives.
U.S. TV watchers are inundated with torture scenes all day, everyday. Most of which justify themselves on the basis that ... oh, just a moment. They do not justify themselves. Torture has become such a standard part of television culture in that country that its use is simply taken without question by anyone in the programs, and now, but the public at large. This type of saturation propaganda is very standard methodology - but it works. As the survey results above clearly show.
The primary propaganda meme here is to:
  1. Acculturate the citizenry to the idea that torture is only torture if it is done to U.S. citizens, not if it is done by them.
  2. A secondary meme from these and similar TV shows and movies is that torture is legal if carried out under war conditions (of course it’s not).
  3. A third meme is that those who argue against torture are “weak”, “not patriots”, “siding with the enemy”, and other vacuous but effective propaganda phrases.
  4. And the final meme is that torture is acceptable if it saves lives. This is ludicrous claim is more subtle as it seems to make sense. Of course torturing someone does not, and never has saved lives. There is no factual independently verified evidence which the U.S. has ever presented to show that any lives have been saved by torturing some poor soul. I would gently point out too that his “justification” was exactly the same justification used by the Nazis [209] during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
It is most interesting to listen to Msrs. Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld, Hayden, and others use these and similar arguments. All propaganda depends upon the inculcation of memes which the unsuspecting target of propaganda unconsciously accepts as truth. When the politicians emphasise them in every interview, at every opportunity, the unsuspecting target (i.e. the average citizen) simply takes the obvious alleged lies and fabrications as truths since they so closely match the previously acculturated memes.
Speaking of obvious lies, they too are part of the propaganda message. The Nazis said that prisoners in concentration camps lived well, were well fed, and had good medical care [210]. Mr. Chaney said that forcing a tube up the rectum of Mr. Majid Khan - a prisoner at one of the U.S. camps - then force injecting various substances was he, Chaney, believed, “for medical reasons” [211]. Sigh - the Nazis also stated that their torture of Jews in the camps was for “medical reasons” [248]. Needless to say, there is no medically valid reason for such a procedure.
Well, allegedly lying is certainly not new to politicians. Or those who order the torture of other human beings. But under constant and effective propaganda, such alleged lies which defy all logic, are none the less taken as fact. Eventually the U.S. military admitted that such “medical reasons” violated International Law and medical ethics [249]. They did not however, say that they were not continuing this illegal practice, or would not continue to do so in the future (full document is here: [250]).
Well, back to the Senate report: Two days after the Feinstein report, U.S. media were filled with the news that Sony (a private for profit media corporation) had been hacked and threatened if they released their somewhat silly film about persons hired to kill the head of the North Korean government. U.S. president Obama said that this alleged hacking and threat were a grave threat to the United States [212]. The U.S. FBI announced that North Korea was responsible [213]. Various politicians and corporations called for a cyber attack “in retaliation” [214] to be made by the brave forced of righteousness in the U.S. government. No proof whatsoever was offered that North Korea was responsible for the hack on the multibillion dollar for-profit private corporation, or that there was indeed any credible threat to the U.S. whatsoever. Instead, security experts the world over stated that it was singularly unlikely that North Korea was behind the hack, suggesting that the evidence (as opposed to the complete lack of evidence put forward by the U.S.) suggested the hack most likely came from a Sony insider - probably as disgruntled IT employee - who used North Korean IPs to hide her tracks.
Well, the point here is that for weeks the news media in the U.S. could talk about little else. The Feinstein report, the fact that the U.S. allegedly tortured human beings, that the U.S. was allegedly in violation of a host of international conventions and had allegedly committed war crimes ... fell off the media radar. Freedom of the press? Please see here: Media Controls Most Narratives).

6.15.12 Thought Experiment

...“the biggest irony of all, the protestations of Obama himself in his speech to children in Northern Ireland about peace, when he said, ‘those who choose the path of peace, I promise you, that the United States of America will support you every step of the way. We will always be the wind at your back.’ Now, I ask you, is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award? . Because we have to call things by their right names, and the reality is that by any serious examination, this man is a war criminal. He has just announced his decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition, including the jihadists, fueling the destabilization of that region and continuing to undermine secularism and knock back conditions for women.”
~ C. Daly [298], TD Dublin North, speech in the Irish Parliament regarding Mr. Obama’s visit to Ireland.
Although there is much more that can be said, I will close this short article with as small thought experiment:
Imagine for a moment that oh say, Finland, tortured thousands of U.S. prisoners in black torture camps all over the world. And further that there was ample proof that Finland took these prisoners and:
  • Stripped prisoners naked and made them perform degrading stunts in front mocking soldiers;
  • Laughed at and insulted the religion of their prisoners;
  • Beat prisoners so that their legs became mere pulp, then watched them die in agony, and laughed;
  • Forced liquid at pressure into the rectums or prisoners;
  • Sodomised young children in front of their mothers;
  • Crucified prisoners;
  • Forced prisoners to stand for days, unmoving, with bags over their heads;
  • Attached electrodes to the genitals of prisoners which delivered excruciating electrical shocks;
  • Hung prisoners them for hours until their shoulders dislocated;
  • Repeatedly, literally hundreds of times for some prisoners, brought them to the point of drowning;
  • Kept prisoners awake through drugs and other means for weeks;
  • Burnt the flesh of prisoners;
  • Captured people without any proof or due process and shipped them manacled and hooded to foreign “allies” for long term torture and death via a “flight of rendition” program;
  • Ignored the Geneva Convention, the UN Convention Against Torture, and a host of other international laws;
  • Then denied they were routinely doing these obscene things to prisoners, then when the documentation of the truth came to light, boasted that they “would do it again in a minute”
And so much more ....
“If Islam is to be held accountable for a small gang of Muslim criminals whom no one elected as their representative, then why should Western liberal democracies not be held accountable for mass murderers like Tony Blair and George W Bush...?”
~ Dr. H. Dabashi [295] Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
What do you think would be the response of the U.S. public if it came out the Finland had not only done these despicable subhuman things, but had been doing so for decades? Perhaps the entire U.S. might consider Finland to be a terrorist state for doing this to its nationals, then haul the perpetrators and entire executive branch of the Finish government up before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges?
“In the long run, no matter how much the U.S. tries to duck accountability, there will be no impunity. Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was finally prosecuted for torture and murder, despite 27 years of evading it. In the U.S., there is no statute of limitations for certain cases of torture, including when death results. One day, there will be prosecutions ... Then the whole story of torturing and mistreating detainees will be spread out on the table of history for all to see. The question is, how long will we have to live with impunity and how much more damage to American democracy and power will we suffer until that day comes?”
~ E. Holtzman [265], former U.S. Member of Congress

6.15.13 Conclusion

As I write these lines in the waning days of 2017, the United Nations has pointed out that under the presidency of Donald Trump the United States is still torturing people [360, 361]. The mainstream news outlets in the United States did not even bother to run the story. Here in Britain it received a token mention on the BBC, but was not repeated. No news media outlet that I could find mentioned that since this occurs at Mr. Trump’s orders, he - like U.S. presidents Bush, Obama, etc. who ordered the torture of other human beings - is guilty under international law [Op. cit.] of a war crime. No world leader spoke against what Mr. Trump and his cohorts were doing; not news outlet spoke against it. The word’s of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which I quote directly below, are lost in the howling winds of demagoguery and iniquity issuing for from those who approve the torture of others, then in the height of hypocrisy call themselves followers of Jesus.
“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it”
~ Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. [1]
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." U.S. president James Madison [574]
“The current political system in place in the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century is fascism. Of course, we don’t like to call it that. We like to call it democracy. Nonetheless, it looks an awful lot like fascism, though to understand how this is so requires an awareness of what fascism actually is. We don’t like to use the f-word at all. It tends to conjure up unpleasant images. Our perceptions of fascism are shaped both by the very real horrors of the Holocaust, and by the fictional worlds created by writers with British and American intelligence connections like Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. These are the images that our schools and our media provide for us. So when we think of fascism, we think of concentration camps filled with corpses and horribly decimated walking skeletons. We think of a stiflingly regimented society in which ’Big Brother’ watches our every move. We think of brutal pogroms by jackbooted thugs, and violent repression of dissenting views. These images are so far removed from the world that we live in that we cannot conceive that our system of governance could have the remotest resemblance to that which was in place in Nazi Germany. The problem is that fascism, viewed from the inside through a veil of propaganda, rarely looks the same as it does when viewed from the outside with the benefit of historical hindsight.”
~ David McGowan [259, pp 3] writing in his study of fascism “Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion
The U.S. War Crimes Act of 1996 in 18 U.S.C. § 2441 [299], makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national (military or civilian) to violate the Geneva Convention. Either by means of murder, torture, or inhuman treatment of prisoners. The law also applies to those who order such acts or fail to take steps to stop them. The law has no statue of limitations. Furthermore, although Mr. Obama’s attempt to weaken this law via his Military Commission Act of 2006 [300] (a law enacted through executive order), torture, cruel or inhumane treatment, murder, mutilation, maiming, intentionally causing serious harm, rape, sexual assault, or abuse of anyone in U.S. custody remained illegal.
Hence there can be little question that under the plethora of international laws such as the Geneva Convention, various UN laws [302] against torture, etc., the Rome Statute [301] as well as several other international laws and the Nuremberg Principles [Op. Cit.] to which the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, etc. are signatory [303], aiding or enabling such crimes through joining coalitions led by such people, is itself a crime. Additionally under the two U.S. laws cited above, there may be more than ample grounds for the arrest and trail of all of the Bush inner Cabinet (Chaney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc.) including Mr. Bush, and certainly Mr. Obama, his Secretary of State Ms. Clinton, and the like.
In fact the the U.S. National Lawyers Guild, the Centre for Constitutional Rights, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the American Association of Jurists and other NGO and legal groups have formally requested that the International Criminal Court launch proceedings against U.S. president Obama and other U.S. officials such as the Secretary of State (Ms. Clinton). The charges were laid against these people for allegedly aiding and abetting war crimes, genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity [304]. This would be in addtion to U.S. president G.W. Bush and V.P. Chaney and others in the Bush inner Cabinet who had already been found guilty of alleged war crimes - please see citations The Hubris of Empire: Is the United States the world’s greatest threat to peace? ).
Under U.S. law alone, there is a penalty of life imprisonment or death [299, 300]. Since as cited above there are numerous, very well documented and verified cases of U.S. prisoners being tortured to death, a lifetime in jail or even (in the U.S.) death may be possible against those tried and found guilty, or even guilty of giving the ultimate order.
This of course applies to politicians in other nations - eg. Britain’s Mr. Blair - who aided and abetted these alleged actions which under their own nation’s laws are similarly illegal.
Well, actions against war criminals in highly propagandised regimes is ... unlikely. Yet I would gently suggest that any attempt to justify or perpetuate torture via said propaganda systems is a sign of mental illness. By which I mean to point toward the discoveries of the past few decades that clinical psychopathology amongst those in power is far more common than had previously been suspected - Psychopaths in Power . Many CEOs of large multinational corporations - the same CEOs who fund the politicians who are loal to them passing laws they want - have been alleged by some interesting research [ibid] to be functional psychopaths.
At any rate, it is certain that no mentally healthy human would or could have another human tortured. Especially in the the debased and obscene manner alleged to have occurred as cited in this article. Similarly no mentally healthy society or nation would sit silently by whilst those in positions of authority allegedly caused such violations of international law or ethical behaviour.
Well, the vast majority of the German people just shrugged when accusations of torture were made against the Nazis running the executive branch of their government. They just shrugged when documentation was present that various government agencies ran torture camps. The shrugged when NGOs, internation rights groups, and academics presented well documented proof of these actions. In fact, the the vast majority of the German people eagerly supported the Nazis, and supported torture as a necessary tool of the their Nazi government.
Propaganda is designed to hide truth. Propaganda is particularly successful where the population as a whole is
  1. required by law from an early to learn and absorb a particular ontology and Weltanschauung - Pedagogy is Social Engineering) and
  2. is functionally illiterate - Your Educational System is designed to foster illiteracy).
  3. is very purposefully kept in a constant state of fear Is Fear induction Social Engineering?)
  4. is subjected to constant propaganda and untruth Media Controls Most Narratives), Firehose Effect: the social epidemic of incessant lies), Evidence Based History vs. Revisionism).
Under the sway of these influences most seldom if ever realise that they have been, and are being, manipulated - Is Fear induction Social Engineering?), Can Your Core Beliefs be Easily Altered? , Creating the Fourth Reich? .
In other words, prevailing beliefs are seldom subjected to factual enquiry. The academic literature, particulary that written outside the U.S., is filled with examples. It may be said, given the overwhelming inaction in the United States against those who perpetrate torture that the real success of those in power is not the horrific acts they commit with impunity, but the propaganda which makes such as acts invisible while in plain site.
“The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It belittles those who do not exhibit the warrior’s “manly” virtues. It places a premium on obedience and loyalty. It punishes those who engage in independent thought and demands total conformity. It elevates cruelty and killing to a virtue. This culture, once it infects wider society, destroys all that makes the heights of human civilization and democracy possible. The capacity for empathy, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding, the tolerance and respect for difference and even love are ruthlessly crushed. The innate barbarity that war and violence breed is justified by a saccharine sentimentality about the nation, the flag and a perverted Christianity that blesses its armed crusaders. This sentimentality ... masks a terrifying numbness. It fosters an unchecked narcissism. Facts and historical truths, when they do not fit into the mythic vision of the nation and the tribe, are discarded. Dissent becomes treason. All opponents are godless and subhuman. [it] caters to a deep sickness rippling through our society. It holds up the dangerous belief that we can recover our equilibrium and our lost glory by embracing an American fascism.”
~ Chris Hedges [251], Pulitzer Prize winner
That U.S. president G.W. Bush signed legislation granting immunity to anyone at the CIA who had worked on or with various U.S. torture programs [260, 261] is not simply obscenity, but clear violation of international law and the Convention Against Torture. U.S. president Obama allegedly continued this appalling program of torture [292]. Other countries (notably Britain) were complicit [293, 294].
Signatories (most nations on the planet including the U.S.) are required under the Convention to arrest and prosecute the alleged perpetrators, including those who allegedly authorised these atrocities. It has been said [285] that everyone in the pictures (except the torturees, of course), below and those who carried out their orders should according to said Convention as well as a host of other international laws, be charged with war crimes.
As Dr. M. Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the U.S. National Lawyers Guild has pointed out [305] U.S. presidents Bush and Obama, the Secretaries of State, Defence, heads of the CIA, varies generals, and many others all the way down to the torturers themselves appear to be guilty of war crimes. Additionally as Dr. Cohn points out, Mr. Obama’s orders that so many people around the world be illegally (not mention, amorally) assassinated without trial any judicial process is also a war crime.
That the United States allegedly (according to the many citations and incontrovertible evidence supra) does the same things for which Nazis were tried at Nuremberg yet its leaders have not (yet) been hauled before the International Criminal Court to face charges, is testament to three things:
  1. The fear that if other nations press for charges against U.S. presidents, cabinet members, spy agency heads, generals, etc. ... then they two would potentially face similar charges for having participated in the U.S. War of Terror which engendered such heinous alleged crimes.
  2. The U.S. military is the largest, most powerful in history ... with obvious implication for those nations who might wish to pursue war crimes charges against it and its leaders
  3. The absolute power of U.S. propaganda agencies in shaping an ignorant compliant public in much the same manner as occurred in Nazi Germany (please q.v. Media Controls Most Narratives), Pedagogy is Social Engineering), Your Educational System is designed to foster illiteracy), Censorship and Bibliocaust)).
What a tragedy that humanity, with some 150,000 years of existence, still allows some horrible people to conduct brutality and war. And knowingly torturing innocent people to death.
“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”
~ G. Orwell [525], 1984.
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." [ibid]
"We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold," Navi Pillay [51], United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking of the actions of the United States in its treatment of prisoners at U.S. detention facilities
Is there a person or persons in the photo composite below (other than the naked torture victims) who has not been alleged to qualify for investigation and possible trial as a war criminal according to the Nuremberg Trials and subsequent related international Conventions?
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“There’s a whole network of U.S. mercenary states…. a massive international terrorist network run by the United States….Israel is the major one, but it also includes Taiwan, South Africa, South Korea…World Anticommunist League…military groups that unite the Western Hemisphere, Saudi Arabia ... Panama ... Other countries hire terrorists, we hire terrorist states. ... The United States is permitted to carry out war crimes, it’s permitted to attack other countries, it’s permitted to ignore international law. On those things there’s a complete consensus…”
~ Dr. N. Chomsky, MIT scholar, founder of modern linguistic theory, taken from Understanding Power [784].
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[361 References Bibliography for my site)]