Whereas the practice called waterboarding has been outlawed under the U.N.'s Convention Against Torture.
SO... I just got home from watching the very disturbing documentary called Taxi to the Dark Side. I urge you ALL to run to see it, that is when it is officially released. The film is about the capture and torture of political prisoners from Afghanistan and Iraq in the United States military prisons since the beginning of Bush's War on Terror. If ANYTHING will make someone see the evil that this administration has created as foreign policy, this film will.
I've always known that the war in Iraq has always been about oil, but this film really makes you ask the question if that's really what it's about. Why would anyone WANT to inflict such inhumane treatment upon another human being, innocent or guilty? How can an administration that claims to be the leader of the free world and a stronghold for democracy condone, no, not condone, demand from its soldiers such degrading and dehumanizing means of torture as military interrogation strategy? And how can a government think that they can commit such horrifying atrocities upon another group of people? What are they really looking for? Is it really oil? And if not, then what is it? Why is the Bush administration doing this under the guise of protecting American citizens, when clearly, after such horrific treatment of other human beings, we have become the evildoers and can only expect future retaliation?
Sadly we need only to look at history to see the many examples of inhumane treatment to man, and not even past history but current history (like Darfur for example) to realize that power and greed cause evil. It is sickening to acknowledge that our tax dollars are going to Washington to support this debacle.
So the news that Bush has legalized yet another form of torture is proof that the forms of torture that were used in Abu Graib and Guantanamo are most likely still being used today. This story was seemingly buried in American media. I first read about it as headline news in the French newspaper Libération. As we know, most, if not all, of the torture techniques used in Abu Graib and Guantanamo were contrary to the Geneva conventions. Waterboarding being one of them.
My final note is that last week I sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi urging her to reclaim her dignity as my representative in Washington by introducing Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney. I urge all of you to do the same.