Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Durbin was right?

At least on the Nazi's having used the same torture techniques the administration has approved for detainees.

Courtesy of The Daily Dish:

"Freezing prisoners to near-death, repeated beatings, long forced-standing, waterboarding, cold showers in air-conditioned rooms, stress positions [Arrest mit Verschaerfung], withholding of medicine and leaving wounded or sick prisoners alone in cells for days on end - all these have occurred at US detention camps under the command of president George W. Bush. Over a hundred documented deaths have occurred in these interrogation sessions. The Pentagon itself has conceded homocide by torture in multiple cases."

Oddly enough they also used the same sort of logic about why they tortured them too:

"The victims, by the way, were not in uniform. And the Nazis tried to argue, just as John Yoo did, that this made torturing them legit. The victims were paramilitary Norwegians, operating as an insurgency, against an occupying force. And the torturers had also interrogated some prisoners humanely."

Such acts were found to be war crimes and the perpetrators were sentenced to death. Man, doesn't that just make you proud of your government?

I bet Durbin is still waiting for an apology from that WaPo reporter.

H/T to Damn Hippies