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article imageOp-Ed: New Wikileaks cable shows the immorality of the U.S. government

By Ben Morris     Apr 27, 2014 in Politics
Baghdad - A new cable released by Wikileaks shows another example of detainee abuse in Iraq. Giving the international community another reason to doubt the moral justification of torture.
The cost of the Iraq war is seen not just in America's pocketbook, the moral cost of the invasion is astronomical. While the country remains home to extremism, and grave injustices, more criminality has been revealed thanks to Wikileaks.
Detained in, "squalid, cramped conditions," housing prisoners with "bruising and lash-marks consistent with violent physical abuse," one Iraqi jail was home to abuses so sickening, even the blackest soul would shudder.
Inspected by US and Iraqi forces since late 2005, Site 4 is a detention facility operated by the Iraqi National Police, which according to the cable is overcrowded, with little running water, and sewage spills. In one inspection of the facility, prisoners told the inspectors cases of abuse, rape, and molestation. The gravest of the crimes was children, held illegally in the jail, informing investigators they were anally raped, beaten, and forced to perform oral sex on interrogators.
This information was hidden from the American public, and international community, for 8 years. Although American forces did not commit these heinous acts, the silence of the Bush administration, and the State Department shows complicity in acts not uncommon to the American government.
When the atrocities of Abu Ghraib was revealed, George W. Bush apologized to the prisoners, and their families. He called the abuse "disgraceful," yet the report of more torture under his watch proves no matter who is in charge, and what claims are made, the American government is just as immoral as the countries they condemn.
At least $60 billion dollars has been spent on rebuilding Iraq. Money that could have been spent in America, or used to pay off the debt, is funding torture, and murder. In February Human Rights Watch revealed Iraqi forces intimidated, beat, threatened, and raped thousands of women. Giving Americans another example of how well their money has been spent. Thousands of American lives were lost to free a country that writes laws that allows men to marry girls as young as nine. Iraqi's were told they would get freedom, what they have are the same abuses they were freed from when Saddam Hussein was ousted.
Supporting countries that commit crimes against humanity is not exclusive to a particular party or presidency. For decades American presidents have excused despicable acts committed by friends, while beating drums of war to fight countries committing the exact same acts. The only difference is the enemies who face sanctions and threats of military action don't get handed cash from the American government.
Saudi Arabia is a country described by Amnesty International as having an "appalling," human rights record that includes "repressive policies that stifle freedom of expression, association and assembly in defiance of international criticism." If you criticize the Saudi government, censorship, and imprisonment is the cost of expressing your human rights. Those realities have not prevented the State Department from declaring Saudi Arabia, and the United States share, "common concerns" and have a "friendship," that strives for, "a peaceful and prosperous future for the region."
What is most troubling is the link between the abuses revealed in the Wikileaks leak and a case of a death sentence in Saudi Arabia. Two men, who according to Amnesty International may have been minors when their alleged crimes were committed, admitted to their crimes after being tortured. Abu Ghraid, Site 4, and the Saudi justice system is all intertwined. Using torture to extract evidence of crimes is the motis operendi for the American government, and their friends.
As Washington debates what sections of the Senate CIA report to release, news outlets and journalists have slowly revealed portions of the report that show torture is not a tactic of interrogation the CIA hesitated to perform. Using black sites, and islands used by allies, the CIA feverishly tortured prisoners. Lying about the number of black sites they operated, and going beyond the legal memo the Bush Justice Department allowed, the CIA acted no better than their enemies.
Since the abuses of Abu Ghraib, various reports have shown torture does not work. Darius Rejali, a professor at Reed College who studied torture found, "torture works to generate false confessions, which serve equally as well as true confessions for many state purposes." In order to justify war crimes, American interrogators, and their enablers push a false narrative in a dishonest attempt to justify torture to a brainwashed public who still believe their government is free of sin.
Barack Obama has refused to prosecute those involved in these war crimes. He is telling the world they have laws to abide by that the American government can ignore. The act of torture shows an extreme devalue of human life, and decency. It does not work, and does not have a place in any conflict.
The American government will argue they still have integrity, and value life more than any other country, but this new revelation slaps that belief in the face. Time and time again, the American government has proven they have no moral ground to stand on. They fund, support, and ignore torture when they see an opportunity to gain political, and geopolitical reward.
To argue the American government is a moral government, has long been dis proven. Any government that supports torture, commits war crimes, and ignores atrocities is a government that values nothing but brutality, and sadism.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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