John Walker Lindh was the first real victim of the new American torture policy. Naked, and bound to a stretcher with a bullet in his leg, he was denied basic human rights and healthcare and was given less respect than an animal prepared for the slaughterhouse.
Five Blackwater guards accused of shooting 14 Iraqis civilians are headed to court to answer for their crimes. The five hoped to move their trial to Utah but their request was denied. They will stand or fall in Washington, D.C.
I was alarmed to read yesterday that up to 17 United States Navy warships may have been used to detain terror suspects by hiding them from international scrutiny, and the legal system, on “black water” prison ships — creating, in an alarming way — terrorist detainment camps in military hulks. Are the USS Bataan and USS Peleliu the new Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay?
We are having a heated political discussion in the USA this week wondering if waterboarding is torture or not as Michael Mukasey faces a Senate confirmation hearing on his attorney general nomination — but waterboarding has a long history as part of the human core in antiquity:
Waterboarding is a technique in which prisoners are subjected to simulated drowning by binding them to an inclined board, with their feet raised and head a bit below their feet. Then cellophane or cloth is wrapped over a prisoner’s face and water is poured over the person.
Vietnam 1968: In Da Nang, the U.S. military used waterboarding as an interrogation technique: