Monday, November 29, 2004

Highly annoying article in the New York Times today.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the United States government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

It raises red flags with me when the ICRC and whoever received the leak at the Times have to use weasel words like "tanatamount to torture" and "amounted to torture." Something is either torture or it isn't, and it seems to me that the intention here is simply to introduce the term "torture" into the discussion of Guantanamo. The ultimate goal is simply to supply Al-Jazeera with another series of headlines to further inflame the Arab world and further undermine the democracy effort in Iraq.

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