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Torture is a War Crime
Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 5
By Cindy Sheehan
Today our Journey took us to Ft. Benning, Ga, where the cancer of the School of Americas (WINSEC) is housed. I have written on torture before and I believe that BushCo's policy of imprisoning people without their basic due process and torturing them is one of the grossest breeches of international and American law and one of the overriding reasons that they should
The School of Torture has graduated many egregious violators of human rights like Panamanian drug lord, U.S. CIA employee, and Bush family friend (until he became an enemy), Manuel Noriega. If there is one issue that should unite Americans it should be against torture. Incredibly, we still have neighbors in our communities who believe that torture is correct,
humane and valuable. However to say torture is "wrong" is like saying the sky is blue. Torture is inherently wrong. Torture is pure evil. Torture is an abomination. Torture is disordered and demented. Torture is sick, sick, sick!
Most significantly the people who are being tortured
in such prison camps as Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib were
mostly sold to the US Army by bounty hunters and the
Northern Aliance. Criminal charges against the
prisoners are as rare as the truth in the Bush Regime.
Most reasonable people would agree that information
gleaned from such awfully brutal means
(water-boarding, stress positions, extreme noise and
temperatures, sodomy and other sexual humiliation,
electrodes on genitalia, etc) is never reliable. I
can't even fathom the sick, sadistic minds of the Bush
Regime who not only have authorized and
institutionalized this behavior but also refuse to end
it and close the camps that have undermined any moral
authority the US may have had.
Torture not only dehumanizes the tortured, but the
torturer. It hurts my heart deeply to think of our
young soldiers carrying out such ruthless acts on
other humans who for the most part were in the wrong
place at the wrong time and do not know where Osama
bin Laden is hiding. Torture only compromises our
soldiers' lives in the field as the US cannot credibly
claim any kind of moral high ground if one of our
soldiers is tragically captured. The abomination of
Abu Ghraib is one of the reasons that the insurgency
began on the day Casey was killed in Sadr City,
Baghdad. I personally know three men who were
illegally and wrongly imprisoned in Guantanamo and Abu
Ghraib who can testify to the fact that, yes, America
does torture and does so with extreme, callous and
The Geneva Conventions are clear on prohibiting the
use of torture and the 8th Amendment to our own
Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
When torture is official policy, where will it end?
When George can pick and choose who receives the
centuries old right to habeas corpus and who doesn't,
where will it end? Will it end with the "terrorists"
in Guantanamo or will it be used here in the USA
against those who stand up against tyranny and
struggle for our Constitution, freedoms, peace and
Torture has tarnished the soul of our nation and
Congress has done little to restrain BushCo's
Torquemadas and even when a bill is passed restricting
the use of torture, George adds a signing statement
saying that he is above the law. BushCo is no better
than a crime cabal and they must be Consitutionally
Apparently impeachment is the only remedy for torture
and will go a long way to elevating our country's
standing in the international community and to healing
our broken nation. Impeachment is not an optional menu
item that can be set on a table but a Constitutionally
mandated requirement (See section II, Article IV).
Put it back on the table, Ms. Pelosi. We have over a
million signatures on petitions demanding that
Congress end the misery of our nation and world by
impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney.
Go to: www.impeachbush.org to sign the petition to
Go to: www.thecampcaseyinstitute.org for more info on
our Journey for Humanity and Accountability or to
donate to defray our expenses.
Call Nancy Pelosi's office (202-225-4965) to tell her
to green light impeachment.
Join us in our walk from Arlington Cemetery to
Congressman John Conyer's office for a sit-in for
impeachment on July 23rd or organize sit-ins in your
Congress Rep's local office.
Go to Amnesty International to learn more about the
issue of torture.