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"Of course, many people in society disagree with the decision [to use torture to interrogate people], and I knew when I was making it that it would be a controversial and difficult decision," Yoo said. "But I still think ... it was still the right decision to make."

The Epitome of Shame

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The Chagossians - the rightful inhabitants of the islands - have sustained a very different sort of torture. They were not beaten or raped, they were not waterboarded or forcibly deprived of sleep, but they were threatened, they were ripped from their homelands (ancestors, communities, schools, homes), they were forced onto the hull of a ship, and they were dropped on foreign islands and forgotten. And this didn't happen in long ago history, it happened only 40 years ago - a slow and pronounced torture that continues today.


Torture of Neglect and Marginalization Renders a People Invisible

..but after more than a dozen years, we are no closer to an answer. Who exactly Is the U.S. at war with? Clue: "The list is classified and not for public release" says a Pentagon spokeswoman. 

How many people will Obama kill to secure American hegemony? 

The President's embrace of Congress' Authorization for Use of Military Force protects the presumed power of unlimited executive privilege championed by George W. Bush's Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General: At its most basic level, John Yoo's legal analysis restated Richard Nixon's famous line that "when a president does it, that means that it is not illegal." 

see A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History  

Bush's 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) set into motion the drone war, torture, and mass warrantless spying. Under Obama's proposed AUMF the government will be free to wage endless, expanding wars all over the world without geographic limits. All of this imperial military doctrine is absolutely illegal, whether Congress approves it or not.

New Documents identify Geoffrey Miller's role in the U.S. torture program.

Tasked with "Gitmo-izing" Abu Ghraib, 
Major General Geoffrey Miller used dogs and 
daily doses of degradation with intent 
to break prisoners mentally and emotionally. 
The infamous Abu Ghraib photos were taken about two months after Miller's visit. 

When confronted about the illegality of his procedures the general responded that these 
detainees would never be brought to trial, 

Upon retirement, Miller was awarded a medal 
for distinguished service and a citation for "innovation" in his career.  

"That the United States is wholly unwilling to investigate and prosecute the very serious claims of torture involving high-level U.S. officials is the very reason for France to thoroughly investigate this case-- not shelve it, thereby extending impunity across borders," said Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Gallagher, who is also Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights. "Geoffrey Miller should be summoned and questioned about his role in the U.S. torture program at Guantánamo."

The whole idea [of] fighting or defending against "terrorism" needs to be challenged. Terrorism, particularly inside the borders of the U.S., has been and remains an issue for police, not the military. There is no justification for defining the U.S. as a "war zone" -- much as today's militarized cops might pretend it is... terrorism is not an issue for the military anywhere in the world.

The Senate Torture Report gave a pass to culpable actors beyond the CIA, especially in the White House, the Cabinet, and the Justice Department. At every point where the White House and the DOJ could have and should have said no to tactics that were patently illegal, they said yes.

see New Torture Files by David Cole

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