Monday, May 4, 2009

U.S. has a 45-year history of torture - READ ON McDUFF - THERE'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT!

The difference between American involvement in South American atrocities in 1964 and 'enhanced interrogation' now is that some modern-day officials appear proud of themselves.

By A.J. Langguth
May 3, 2009

As President Obama grapples with accusations of torture by U.S. agents, I suggest he consult the former Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle.

I first contacted Daschle in 1975, when he was an aide to Sen. James Abourezk of South Dakota, who was leading a somewhat lonely campaign against CIA abuses.

GO.READ
this is a great article from the LA TIMES, but truthfully, it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to United States torture campaigns...DON'T IT JUST MAKE YA PROUD?

For a little HISTORY, there is this:
"Many Americans were puzzled by the news, in 1902, that United States soldiers were torturing Filipinos with water."
A picture of a “water detail,” reportedly taken in May, 1901, in Sual, the Philippines. “It is a terrible torture,” one soldier wrote.

A picture of a “water detail,”

reportedly taken in May, 1901, in Sual, the Philippines.

“It is a terrible torture,” one soldier wrote.



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