Monday, January 17, 2005

Torture Myths #1

Just working my way through an argument against torture here. I'd like to go through some of the myths about torture that are made most often by torture-apologists.

#1: Nothing that has been done to prisoners of the US Army has violated the Geneva Conventions.

Fact: Prison Guard Charles A. Graner claims, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison for abuse he inflicted at Abu Ghraib, claimed that "superior officers instructed him take actions at the prison that he knew would 'violate the Geneva Conventions.'"

Note also that Graner named names of superiors who specifically ordered him to violate said conventions, which I suspect is the reason he got such a light sentence. Also, goes against all that "few bad apples" bullshit.

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