Friday, November 12, 2010

Bush Confesses Torturing

In a recent book, "Decision Points", former president George W. Bush stated that he did, in fact, order waterboarding. Waterboarding has been considered torture for generations. Bush's lawyers told him it was legal, he says.

Bush's bold confession has both the ACLU and Amnesty International calling for an investigation.

Meanwhile, in Britain, according to BBC News UK:
"Iraqi civilians systematically abused, court hears

More than 220 Iraqi civilians were subjected to "systemic abuse", including torture, by British soldiers and interrogators in Iraq, the High Court was told on Friday.

The allegations concern the period 2003 to 2008."
Victims of torture seek redress. A trial is underway.

Meanwhile, over at WikiLeaks, evidence is undergoing discovery:

"At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivalent population size."

Clouds are gathering.


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