City of Roses
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Well, of course Durbin's response was political. The intent of his message was NOT to compare those acts of torture our administration officials allow to Pol Pot or Nazis, but rather to make a point, "Are we seeming different enough from them in the eyes of others?"
I still believe he could have expressed himself free of the use of historical comparisons just as eloquently, but I believe he makes a good point. Torture is un-American, in my heart, and when other peoples read those FBI and International Red Cross memos, it could easily strike them as though we're allowing these terrible things to happen.
The Pentagon has an extensive manual library, in where they also document intelligence interrogation. The Prohibit Against Use of Force portion especially is important to review, where it reads,
"The use of force, mental torture, threats, insults, or exposure to unpleasant and inhumane treatment of any kind is prohibited by law and is neither authorized nor condoned by the US Government. Experience indicates that the use of force is not necessary to gain the cooperation of sources for interrogation. Therefore, the use of force is a poor technique, as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear. However, the use of force is not to be confused with psychological ploys, verbal trickery, or other nonviolent and noncoercive ruses used by the interrogator in questioning hesitant or uncooperative sources."
I'm not sure if it's really enforced or not, but it certainly oughta be. The CIA also has a detailed definition of "mental torture".
If you're solely concerned about Aljezeera spinning Durbin's words as to make it sound to them all Americans are torturers, look at what Rush Limbaugh's popular syndicated program and the popular right-wing blog Powerline are doing meanwhile. They've started their own line of T-shirts with messages that read "I Heart Gitmo" and "What Happens In Gitmo Stays In Gitmo":
According to many's own argument here, this ties in with their own argument of what words and messages like Durbin's may mean ultimately in terms of relationships with Arabs. It's hypocritical in that Limbaugh, someone who has bashed Durbin for what he's said, and also has a nationally syndicated radio program that can be streamed on-line anywhere in the world, argue its encouraging resentment and terror instincts among Arabs, when his own line of T-shirts that are being sold in his on-line store will have Arabs thinking along that same theory that any atrocity that happens to one of them behind those prison walls ain't none of their business, even if that individual isn't a terrorist, or they can do whatever they want to them.
You may say, "It's obviously just a joke!". Doesn't mean that's how Arabs are going to receive it. They'll just see Powerline's T-shirt and can come to no conclusion but that they love the abuse at Guantanamo.
And, of course, like I mentioned before, there was Bush's 2nd Inaugural address too which I'm sure heavily influenced strong intimidating feelings in many cultures.
Finally, there's something new I find most worthy of introducing:
A U.S MP has said he's suing the Pentagon for $15 million after acknowledging he was mistaken as a prisoner there, and was beaten up by other MPS.
The MP, Sean Baker, also describes the incident, where a "five-man MP 'internal reaction force' choked him, slammed his head several times against a concrete floor and sprayed him with pepper gas."
This may be big, and if confirmed, this could shed great light on what happens behind the walls of Gitmo.
The fact is, I believe Gitmo is only embarrassing our image abroad, aside from what those like Durbin have said about it, and is a main symbol in discrediting our morals we foster here, as well as our own security. Thus, it is in this person's opinion that Gitmo SHOULD be shut down.
It also certainly doesn't help that those like Sessions (R-AL) say that some of them there should be executed either, especially when Guantanamo, despite a Supreme Court ruling last year, still doesn't have proper access to federal courts.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"