American Torture
 

Lawrence Wilkerson is a longtime Republican who voted for President Bush in 2000 and 2004.  He was the Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.  He resigned in disgust over the "shameful abuse" of prisoners by the U.S. military, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other agents of our government (C-span 10/27/05).

Some military members have reported torture being used on prisoners, including haging them by ther hands and feet until they turned black, submerging "detainees" up to their necks in cold water unit they were near death, and depriving them of all sight and sound for days at a time.  Some prisoners have died after beatings.

Only lower level members of our military have been punished, although the responsibility leads to the top of our government and well outside the military.  Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved and promoted, in writing, clear violations of the Geneva Conventions.  Military lawyers protested the new rules.  Rumsfeld put increasing pressure on the military and the CIA to get information from prisoners.  The CIA (which works for the White House) has hidden the names of some of the torturers from investigators.  Republican Senator (and former Prisoner of War (PoW)) John McCain offered a law that all torture be made illegal by the U.S.  His Republican colleagues, including former Vice President Cheney, insisted on an exception for the CIA.

Besides the immorality of torture and its failure as a means of getting truthful information, there is now the likelihood our own military will likewise be tortured when they are in the hands of an enemy. 

Vote Democratic.  We are against torture.