The United States practices the most heinous forms of torture, yet it never, ever gets reported in main stream media, much less alt. media. By Presidential decree, ANYONE can be taken from their homes, without probable cause, without rights to attorney, to undisclosed secret locations and tortured to death…amerika! Bilary or be Trumped does not speak about it. Obama says it doesn’t happen…and the American Sheeple…well they just wait to be led to slaughter….
As pointed out by US psychologist Jeff Kaye who has worked extensively with torture victims, a new UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) review of the manual shows that a wide-range of torture techniques continue to be deployed by the US government, including isolation, sensory deprivation, stress positions, chemically-induced psychosis, adjustments of environmental and dietary rules, among others.
Still President Obama continues to give interviews stating that no torture has been condoned on his watch.
In December 2014, the Senate released their report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture, which revealed that the CIA continuously misled congressional and White House officials about the effectiveness and level of brutality of its methods. In June 2015, the secretary general of Amnesty International and the executive directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Human Rights Watch sent a letter and delivered petitions with 111,788 signatures of human rights supporters to the Department of Justice. The organizations are seeking to pressure the US government into holding officials accountable for the use of torture.
And who should be held accountable? Does the blame lay squarely on the shoulders of the president, past and present?
Late in 2014, the NY Post reported that Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the interrogations program from 2002 to 2004, stated that all members of Congress were briefed on the programs. Rodriguez went as far as saying that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was briefed on “all of the techniques … she never objected to the techniques at all.” Rodriguez said Pelosi was specifically briefed on waterboarding and sleep deprivation. No word on whether or not she heard about Rectal Feeding.
As far back as 2010 it has been known that at least 68 members of Congress were told about the program. Watchdog organization Judicial Watch obtained formerly “Top Secret” government documents that detail congressional briefings between 2001 and 2007.
Although most of the deadstream media has moved away from condemning the use of torture (let alone even mentioning it), there is still resistance from activists, civil liberties, and human rights groups. The Intercept recently reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is still fighting for the release of the full Senate report on torture. The Intercept writes:
Government lawyers on Thursday continued their fight to bury the Senate Torture Report, arguing before the D.C. District Court of Appeals that the 6,700-page text could not be released on procedural grounds. The ACLU filed for the release of the full report under the Freedom of Information Act. Thursday’s hearing centered on the question of whether the report is an “agency record,” and thus subject to FOIA. Alternatively, if the report is a “congressional record,” its disclosure cannot be requested under the statute.
But many of the most graphic details are in Volume III of the full report, which former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein has said contains ‘excruciating’ details on ‘each of the 119 known individuals who were held in CIA custody.’