Thursday, July 15, 2004

WaPo on CIA Torture

The Washington Post's editorial page often seems to be a bit of an apologist for the Bush administration, particularly in light of some of the reporting that takes place within the pages of the paper itself.

However, today they have a well written editorial about the CIA's ghost detainees and their treatment:

The White House reportedly has exempted the CIA's prisoners from the reviews that have been granted to detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison. And it has not disclosed the interrogation techniques approved for use by the CIA, though it has released those for Guantanamo.

What is known, mostly through leaks to the media, is that several of the CIA's detainees probably have been tortured -- and that a controversial Justice Department opinion defending such abuse was written after the fact to justify the activity. According to reports in The Post, pain medication for Abu Zubaida, who suffered from a gunshot wound in the groin, was manipulated to obtain his cooperation, while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was subjected to "water boarding," which causes the sensation of drowning. Notwithstanding the Justice Department opinion, parts of which recently were repudiated by the White House, U.S. personnel responsible for such treatment may be guilty of violating the international Convention Against Torture and U.S. laws related to it.

Athenae blogged on Seymour Hersh's latest revelations last night, and you will find similar posts throughout the blogosphere (like here at EdCone, for instance).

We simply cannot let this issue be swept under the carpet