Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death

By | February 14, 2009

Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death

71% of Americans want to see Bush investigated, and it’s about time Obama’s team hightailed their way over to court to start doing it.

During the Bush years Americans the boogeyman used to keep Americans cowed was the real or imagined threat of imminent terrorist attack.

Now we have a new president – and we have a new boogeyman – the economic meltdown. .

Now don’t get me wrong. Anyone who’s read this column over the past few years knows I’ve been Chicken Littling about the financial house of cards for a long time. And, now that it’s finally collapsed, it’s even worse than I predicted, and getting worse by the day.

Which is why Obama and his team are on the tube night and day talking about nothing else — as if Americans are concerned about nothing, which isn’t true.

71% of Americans are in favor of an investigation into the possible misuse of the Department of Justice by the Bush administration according to a Gallup poll released yesterday. (Full Story)

That’s a pretty startling number, even for those of us who’ve been arguing for investigations for some time now. After all, Obama didn’t get 71% of the vote, which means that a lot of folks who voted for McCain also want equal justice applied equally.

One reason for this surprisingly robust groundswell for investigations may be that each day, formerly secret Bush-era documents surface that truly shock the conscience.

Just yesterday the ACLU got it’s hands on a truly smoking gun memo written for then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. This document informed Rumsfeld that those he’d tasked with beating information out of suspected terrorists had not just tortured them, but tortured some of them, to death. In other words, they murdered them.

No, I’m not kidding. Here read the original document yourself.

If Rumsfeld had been, say, some local police captain in charge of these guys, this document would make him – at very least – accessory-after-the-fact to murder. He not only conspired to keep this evidence secret, but did not report this as the crime it is, nor order the perpetrators arrested, charged and put on trial. …

via Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death, Which Is a Serious Crime | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet.

Recall this story from 2007:

Rumsfeld flees France fearing arrest

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of “ordering and authorizing” torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.

US embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” for six years.

Under international law, authorities in France are obliged to open an investigation when a complaint is made while the alleged torturer is on French soil. … – rinf

2 thoughts on “Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death

  1. llabesab

    Definition of a “Liberal.” One who, when interrogating a person who knows how to defuse the bomb attached to the torsos of the Liberal’s wife and 3 children, recites to the “defendant”, “..you have the right to remain silent; you have the right to an attorney…” Oh, my. Sorry!! That’s the definition of a “Liberal Widower.”

  2. Xeno Post author

    Preposterous. No one you can torture into disarming bombs is going to attach bombs to your family, Llabesab. That’s about as likely as your being faced with the choice of killing another person’s child to save your own. As far as the morality goes, didn’t you watch the Dark Knight?

    More to the point, torture leads to false confessions. We invaded Iraq based on a false confession extracted during torture. If you give up human rights to get what you imagine is increased security, you will be neither free nor safe.

    Our species is pathetic in our hatred and fear of our own kind. We are all human. We can work it out. Neutralize the violent. Educate the ignorant.

    Look at the big picture: Why are there terrorists in the first place? I blame radical ideology and resource scarcity. Communication helps decrease radicalism, but at the root of our problems, there are still too many of us, too many humans wanting the same land, oil, food, and water. The liberals (I’m a moderate, by the way) won’t ever get everyone to play nice and share everything because greed, it seems, is hardwired. Birth control is the answer, not war.

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