|"The U.S. is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the U.S. and the community of law abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating and prosecuting all acts of torture." - G.W. Bush, June 26, 2003|
IRAQI POW ABUSE
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Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK):|
"I have to say I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment. The idea that these prisoners, you know they're not there for traffic violations. If they're in cellblock 1A or 1B these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents, many of them probably have American blood on their hands, and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals."
|A document released ... by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an
Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq [PDF download].
Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that
characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as "torture" and a June 2004 "Urgent Report" to the
Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up. [ACLU]|
"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments
inflicted." -- 8th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Those who order the commission of war crimes, as defined by
the Geneva and Hague Conventions in regards to conduct of war, 'shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the
penalty of death'.
What Really Happened