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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

 
Torture At Guantanamo?

Cliff Kincaid says there's no reliable evidence that such activity ever happened there:

Torture is a loaded word that has come to mean in newspaper accounts the inflicting of pain or even discomfort for no legitimate reason. Thomas Bock, national commander of The American Legion, says the term "torture" has been very loosely defined and has "disoriented" the American people to what exactly is happening down there. He said a U.N. report on Guantanamo seemed to regard "leaving the lights on" for a detainee a form of torture. Bock says he has talked to many veterans, including former Prisoners of War, and the "treatment comparison level is just night and day" between what the U.S. does to its enemies and what our enemies do to our soldiers.

There is no evidence that U.S. forces torture anyone. If misconduct occurs during interrogations, which are designed to produce intelligence information to save American lives, it is found and punished. Accuracy in Media has devoted countless commentaries to the fact that it was the Department of Defense, not the media, which uncovered the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

The charges ultimately originate from untrustworthy sources:

Nile Gardiner and James Carafano concluded, in a Heritage Foundation report on U.N. allegations of torture at Guantanamo, that it is "based largely upon recycled allegations, without legal foundation, from well-coached former detainees."

This wouldn't be the first time that someone made unprovable claims that the moonbat left would accept as gospel without awaiting concrete evidence. Just ask Clarence Thomas.




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