Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Torturing the Innocent

In the uproar over the revelation that America has carried out widespread torture in Iraq, another, even more disturbing fact is being overlooked. According to the same Red Cross reports that first brought the torture to light, American intelligence sources admitted over 90% of the detainees had been arrested by mistake. They were innocent. This means the US, the world beacon of human rights and freedom, was arresting, indefinitely detaining, and torturing innocent men. It is horrifying. But sadly not surprising from an administration whose policy, even in America, has been to arrest first, ask questions later, and allow judicial oversight never.

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