Reblogged from thebigpicturereport.com
Posted on October 26, 2012
That the United States tortured prisoners, sometimes resulting in death, is no secret, even though denied by the government. So what message are we sending when American torturers are never prosecuted, but those who blow the whistle on these crimes against humanity are sentenced to prison?
Of course we did have videotapes of CIA waterboarding, 92 in all. The tapes, filmed in a secret CIA prison in Thailand, showed the waterboarding of terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri, including tapes showing Zubaydah “vomiting and screaming,” according to the BBC. Those tapes were destroyed by a top-level CIA officer, Jose Rodriguez, who went on 60 Minutes (See video below) to defend himself and promote his book, Hard Times.
According to the New York Times:
Not only have those responsible escaped criminal liability, but the administration has succeeded in denying victims of the harsh methods any day in court, using exaggerated claims of secrecy and executive power to get federal judges, who should know better, to toss out claims for civil relief. The broad denial of justice to victims disgraces both the administration and the courts.
So who gets sent to prison? Not the torturers, but the whistleblower.–BPR Editor
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