Another dubious reason for invading Iraq shot to hell. It was always one of those little extra things like "and another thing Saddam tortures his people too!" Did you ever imagine that the US Congress would actually be sitting around and debating how much torture is OK as a matter of policy? I've read the Constitution several times and I don't know how I skipped over the part that allows the President to torture prisoners as long as it is supervised and approved by the Congress and in spite of any international agreements we have signed.
Our government, under the morally bankrupt leadership of the Bush adminsitration and the GOP Congress has squandered every moral standing that we used to have in the world. We are now no longer any better than a third world dictatorship. Read it and weep for what we have become.
Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, made the remarks as he was presenting a report on detainee conditions at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay as well as to brief the U.N. Human Rights Council, the global body's top rights watchdog, on torture worldwide.
Reports from Iraq indicate that torture "is totally out of hand," he said. "The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein."
Nowak added, "That means something, because the torture methods applied under Saddam Hussein were the worst you could imagine."
Some allegations of torture were undoubtedly credible, with government forces among the perpetrators, he said, citing "very serious allegations of torture within the official Iraqi detention centers."
"You have terrorist groups, you have the military, you have police, you have these militias. There are so many people who are actually abducted, seriously tortured and finally killed," Nowak told reporters at the U.N.'s European headquarters.
"It's not just torture by the government. There are much more brutal methods of torture you'll find by private militias," he said.
h/t to Americablog