new report, by the bipartisan think tank, the Constitution Project, concludes:
“Perhaps the most important or notable finding of this panel is that it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.”
While this statement resonates findings from earlier reports, and does not say anything that surprising, in light of the known facts, and the documented practice of torture by the US government, especially during the George W. Bush regime, the new torture report adds the following:
“It should be noted that the conclusion that torture was used means it occurred in many instances and across a wide range of theaters. This judgment is not restricted to or dependent on the three cases in which detainees of the CIA were subjected to waterboarding, which had been approved at the highest levels.”
In other words, torture was the widespread, common policy, of the Bush regime as it prosecuted the Terror Wars. This is hardly a shocking finding, given that the Bush regime’s managers felt it necessary to publicly dismiss the Geneva Convention’s war rules, generally seen as a moral baseline for civilized military conduct, as “quaint”.
Bush regime lawyers prepared briefs to argue away the “problem” of torture being either a conduct unbecoming the USA’s military and intelligence operatives, or even a conduct that would or could be called torture.
The new report rejects these actions, and these claims of Bush's wartime lawyers as “not credible”—in other words—lies.
Since so many American personnel conducted, aided and abetted torture under Bush, President Obama was pressured into giving a pass to this conduct and to its perpetrators, for fear that large numbers of US personnel might be made liable to prosecution. Obama was warned, early on, that this would have a devastating impact on morale in the conduct of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As it is, with this new report, clearly stating that the United States of America, and the Bush regime, broke its own laws, and certainly violated international agreements, including the Geneva Convention, the question we should now ask—and demand an answer to from our politicians—is when shall Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld (to start with) be handed over to The Hague to be tried for war crimes?
So far, Barack Obama has shown little interest in doing anything that would upset George W. Bush.