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Torture commonalities


A Guardian and BBC Arabic exposé reveals that the United States armed and trained Iraqi death squads who then ran torture centers. The United States is largely ignoring this story. AMY GOODMAN: What most surprised you by this investigation, Maggie, by what you found? MAGGIE O’KANE: I think the most surprising thing was the scale and the organization of the—of the torture, that it was sort of so well organized, that there were these platforms, that there were hundreds of people being lifted all of the time. And the other thing that surprised me about […]

Private First Class Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and confidential military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, took the stand in a military court today to make his first public statements since his arrest in 2010. Manning appeared confident and animated at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland as he described the mental breakdowns and extreme depression he suffered during his first year in detention, from cells in Iraq and Kuwait to the Marine base at Quantico in Virginia. Within weeks of his […]

From Al Jazeera: In 2003, it transpired that US intelligence services had tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib with music from Sesame Street. Human rights researcher Thomas Keenan explains: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.” “The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably […]

Not a lot of people know or care to know about the topic of US soldiers torturing other human beings. Nor do they want to know what happened to them. Made in 2010, None of Us Were Like This Before explores the other side of US torture, the US soldier. I think it’s something worth exploring to try to understand how the torturers (the US soldier) were able to do what they did and how it affected them. It also explores how the Geneva Convention was sidestepped so that the military could achieve its twisted […]

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