Does Obama now plan to excuse all past crimes so we can "move on"?
So, let me try to get this straight . . .
Obama pronounces that "we do not torture" but when he uncovers proof that some of us (well, not you or I, but some Bushites) HAVE TORTURED, Obama says, "not important ... nothing to see here ... move along ... we aren't going to punish anyone" !
Is Obama friggin' for real?
Is Obama just a certifiable nutcase?
OF COURSE we punish war crimes ... and these were war crimes.
Lyndie England (remember her and the Abu Ghraib photographs that stunned this nation?) is rotting in prison for doing LESS horrible things to prisoners than the CIA guys (and women?) did to prisoners at the urging of the Bush administration top echelon.
It should have been a wake-up call to anyone and everyone dealing with prisoner interrogations that the FBI had REFUSED to participate in the interrogations the CIA was conducting in Guantanamo. The FBI said two things: (1) the FBI does NOT engage in torture because it is ILLEGAL, and (2) the FBI does not engage in torture because it is NOT PRODUCTIVE; prisoners will say anything to stop the pain and often offer up imaginary information that WASTES the valuable time of law enforcement people who are then required to chase all over the world on wild goose chases based on NON-EXISTENT clues.
TORTURE DOES NOT WORK. There are more effective ways of getting useful and accurate information.
The CIA people torture because at least a few of them get their jollies that way.
A THIRD reason we, as a nation, should not engage in torture is that we LOSE the moral high ground when we do so, AND we put every American in harm's way of being tortured by people who capture them (for whatever reason) ... we would not have a legal or moral leg to stand on if Americans were caught, kidnapped, or taken hostage and then tortured.
Bush and his legal team just wanted to show the Arab world how "macho" Bush and his advisors are/were.
None of this torture had anything to do with getting accurate information -- it was just people exercising their sadistic impulses under the cover of DOJ memos that permitted/encouraged them to do so.
Any CIA interrogator who has not been familiarized with the Geneva Conventions and various American laws prohibiting torture has NO business being in any room with a prisoner.
At the beginning, approx. 600 prisoners Cheney claimed were "high-value" were imprisoned in Guantanamo. We can probably assume most if not all of those 600 were horribly abused and/or tortured. Since the first days of Guantanamo, at least 500 have been RELEASED because they were NOT guilty of anything connected with the United States. They had been captured, rounded up or handed over to the American military by the leaders of rival tribal groups in exchange for the RANSOMS we were offering. The 500 "not guilty" prisoners had been hideously abused and/or tortured despite the fact they should never have been incarcerated by the American military in the first place.
If that makes anyone feel good, I can only mourn for them.