April 17, 2013

Torture: name it!

detainees in Guantánamo Bay

detainees in Guantánamo Bay

There was no doubt that some “techniques of interrogation” used by the US agents or military after the 9/11 were torture after some information known years ago but now has come the time to name it “at home”. A study elaborated by a nonpartisan, independent group in the US about the interrogation programs after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 the concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it, according to the New York Times. 

If that is the conclusion, now is the time to see if that “highest officials” beginning by the ex-president W. Bush and the vice president Cheney get accountable to that responsibility in any way. Responsibility for doing it and responsibility for damaging the Image, the moral standards and the good name of their Nation. It is worth to remember that there are still detainees in Guantánamo Bay, without being brought to justice so many years after, many of them now in hunger strike over their situation.

Some days ago they said that the Obama administration is trying to move the program of drone attacks over suspect terrorists targets in Pakistan and Afghanistan from de CIA to the military to more transparency. I commented that in my entry “drones: the blind and silent assassins”. What about Guantánamo transparency? After more than a decade maybe is time to put more light over the legal situation of the 166 detainees there too.

Of course I write this not out of sympathy for the terrorists. I despise terrorism. I can’t imagine something worst than that except the war. I write out of respect for Justice

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Americas, Ethics, Ideals, Justice, Middle East, World and Politics


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