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Torture is wrong

17 May

Article 27, Fourth Geneva Convention – of which the United States of America is a signatory …

“Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall, at all times, be humanely treated, and shall be protected, especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity. Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault. Without prejudice to the provisions relating to their state of health, age and sex, all protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to the conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion or political opinion. However, the Parties to the conflict may take such measures of control and security in regard to protected persons as may be necessary as a result of the war. ”

“Protected persons” are prisoners … that’s all. That’s anyone we’ve taken prisoner … anyone …

My 18-year-old uncle – S1C John William Lambert – was brutally tortured, murdered and hacked to pieces by members of the Imperial Army of Japan … we – the United States – were able to sentence those responsible for his death for war crimes because we did not treat prisoners in the same manner that his captors treated him. The US took the high road … it stood for something …

If bothers me deeply when Americans talk so lightly about how “enhanced interrogation” is OK, because the ends justify the means.

It bothers me that Floridians elected a man to Congress in 2010 who was forced to retire from the US Army for threatening to kill a prisoner, and then firing his side arm next to the prisoner’s head – in violation of of both UCMJ and the Geneva Conventions.

It bothers me when the justification is that the enemy torture our soldiers if they’re taken prisoner …

“If we adopt the ways of the Nazis, we’re as bad as the Nazis” or for Americans who think it’s justified, “If we adopt the ways of Al Queda, we’re as bad as Al Queda”

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Torture

 

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