14 July 2006

Civil rights group publishes declassified accounts of torture at Gitmo. Middle America shrugs.

Earlier this week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released a 51-page report detailing numerous instances of torture and ill-treatment at Guantanamo. The report is based on declassified accounts of detainees and their attorneys.

The following is from a synopsis of the report published on the CCR site:
“This report authoritatively documents the Bush Administration’s systematic human rights abuses at Guant├ínamo. I think the torture and abuse detailed here will shock Congress and the American public because it reveals a lawless, immoral and ineffective detention facility and undermines the administration’s increasingly desperate attempts to lie about what is happening down there,” said CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman. “This report tells a story of abuse and the betrayal of our laws at the highest levels of government, which is why the Supreme Court just had to step in and order the President to treat detainees humanely and provide due process. Before Congress rushes to give the President cover with unnecessary new legislation, I hope it will review the record and provide real oversight, starting with an independent investigation of the base,” he added.
[Read more and download the report.]

How can some Americans (i.e., all those apathetic or complacent or brainwashed types) sit comfortably on their couches and not want to scream at the atrocities being committed in our name and with our tax dollars?

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