This is a continuation from the posting 15 June 2005.
Amnesty International ( AI ) published its first report concerning torture in 1973. Here is what they discovered. ” Torture thrives on secrecy and impunity. Torture rears its head when legal barriers against it are barred. Torture feeds on discrimination and fear. Torture gains ground when official condemnation is less than absolute. The pictures of detainees in US custody in Abu Ghraib, Iraq show that was true 30 years ago remains true today.”
The world was outraged as a result of pictures coming out of Abu Ghraib depicting the torture of detainees. AI reports that there is reason to believe that the same practices are occurring to other prisoners held by the United States.
A gulag occurs when the evidence shows the torture of detainees who are helpless to defend themselves. It thrives and grows when international standards for the treatment of detainees is ignored. As is the case, with this current horrible administration in Washington. And when the American congress does not call for a complete investigation.
We have an administration in Washington according to AI that is attempting to redefine torture. By ignoring the application of the Geneva Convention, and arguing that coercive interrogation does not violate the Geneva Convention.
This administration holds detainees as ” Ghosts ” meaning people are held incommunicado. Detainees, AI reports are turned over to third countries known to practice torture. A government now exists in Washington that holds detainees arbitrarily and for indefinite detention. This they do in violation of international law, according to AI. The employment of military commissions by the US has made a mockery out of justice and due process, they charge.
The United States is the unrivalled political, military, and economic hyper – power, according to AI. As such the US sets the standards for the way other governments behave around the globe. AI, states that when the US, the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights. It provides a licence to the world community to commit wrongs with ” impunity ” and ” audacity. ”
Therefore, concludes AI, the US has create the “gulag of our times.”
Do not think that torture is new to the United States.
Mob lynchings by white people of African Americans with government sanction occurred. Because the US congress failed to legislate federal law making a lynching a federal crime. The use of the filibuster in the senate. To prohibit federal law making lynchings a federal crime is plain and simple and abomination unto God. The senate used the excuse for the filibuster as an infringement upon STATES RIGHTS. That represents a sin against humanity that never can be forgiven. Such lynchings represented for this country the worst conceivable torture. Because the government brags that it sees itself as Gods beacon upon a hill for the rest of the world to see and emulate. God forbid!
AI, most likely are students of history. And as historians they must see this current administration emulating darkness rather than light. A darkness more dark than its already twisted history in this country and around the world. Perhaps they coined the phrase ” gulag of our times ” in order to awaken the people of the this country and the world that a new darkness is here. Time to act!
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