Monday, October 25, 2010

"Gitmo Guilty Plea Is A Sad Day for U.S. Rule of Law"

Good article, Daphne, on a very sad day. But this is more than just a bad day for the rule of law, it is a low day for humanity itself. The use of coerced confessions through torture is as old as the Inquisition, but it was the Stalinist USSR that used this particular form of psychological torment as a major tool of social control.

Forced confessions are themselves torture. They destroy the inner integrity of the person who is made to give pronounce his false crimes. And they destroy the outer integrity of the institutions, and even the society surrounding these institutions, that would allow such blatant dishonesty and totalitarian coercion to occur.

I can't blame Mr. Khadr, tortured, left in solitary, knowing not one day of adult freedom, hoping his torment in Guantanamo now will not see another October.

I'm not sure where all this is heading. This news dovetails with the news from the Wikileaks documents that the U.S. was complicit in hundreds or thousands of cases of Iraqi torture, and that the U.S. had broken treaty law in allowing the return of prisoners to the torturing Iraqi government. Wherever we're heading, it doesn't look good.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


Anonymous said...

Hello Dr. Kaye,

Would you please contact me at IraqVetForHumanRights?


Helen Gerhardt

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I didn't leave my complete email:

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