Saturday, May 16, 2009

What REAL Torture Looks like

So, with all of the chatter now on supposed torture by the CIA, perhaps it is time to take a look at what real torture looks like. It isn't slapping someone in the face or forcing them to stand in their skivvies in an air conditioned room. It isn't even waterboarding. It is the following, dated May 2007, and that can be accessed HERE. (If you access it, beware of very gruesome drawings and photos.)

In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like "blowtorch to the skin" and "eye removal." Along with the images, which you'll find on the following pages, soldiers seized various torture implements, like meat cleavers, whips, and wire cutters. Photos of those items can be seen here. The images, which were just declassified by the Department of Defense, also include a picture of a ramshackle Baghdad safe house described as an "al-Qaeda torture chamber." It was there, during an April 24 raid, that soldiers found a man suspended from the ceiling by a chain. According to the military, he had been abducted from his job and was being beaten daily by his captors. In a raid earlier this week, Coalition Forces freed five Iraqis who were found in a padlocked room in Karmah. The group, which included a boy, were reportedly beaten with chains, cables, and hoses.

In all of the hoopla about torture, it is very surprising that no one talks about the torture performed by the Islamic terrorists. Far and away worse than anything that the USA has done or ever has done, it still flies way below the radar of most of the discourse in Washington DC or by any of the so-called "human rights organizations". The UN has completely and totally ignored it. The side effect of that is that the USA ends up looking like the only and the worst torturer in the world when, as you can see by this article, we are far from anything that the Islamic terrorists do.

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