President George W. Bush on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – June, 26, 2003 –
“The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment. . . . Nowhere should the midnight knock foreshadow a nightmare of state-commissioned crime. The suffering of torture victims must end, and the United States calls on all governments to assume this great mission.”
I am still shocked at all the relevations of torture and abuses perpetrated by the CIA and American military of detainees during this ridiculous War on Terrorism. I think it has gone about as well as The War on Drugs and the War on Keeping Fat People Out of McDonalds. But I have been troubled the last few days over President Obama’s refusal to release the rest of the alleged detainee torture photos. His reasoning is sound stating that there is no need to further endanger American troops in Iran and Afghanistan. I buy that argument under the premise that we were assured that the photos are no worse than the photos already released.
But logic dictates that that there is something faulty with the premise. If the photos are no more malevolent than those previously released, then what is the problem of releasing them? Retired Army General Antonio Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib in 2004 told the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that the remaing photos show images of “torture, abuse, rape, and every indecency.” Two of the alleged photos are said to depict a male U.S. soldier raping a female prisoner while another has a male U.S. translator raping a male prisoner. Other assaults are said to include a trucnheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.
Of course the Pentagon has denied these allegations saying that the Telegraph had misquoted General Taguba. The alarm level was raised even furhter when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went on to slam the reliability of the Telegraph. My only question is what reason would a retired flag officer from the Army have to lie? And why is the White House so vehemently trying to paint the Telegraph as some sort of National Enquirer. The only answer is to release the remaining photographs. The Obama Administration came in with a message of transparency. My only hope is that they don’t become the Orwellian Ministry of Truth! Winston Smith worked for the Bush Administration.