April 27, 2008

Pulling Away the Veil of Euphemism

In Gitmo's Not Going Anywhere, I wrote about the reasons that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp remains operational, despite near-universal condemnation. Because the impact of "stress positions" on the people forced to endure them is greatly reduced when their description is only verbal, I also posted a video from Amnesty International's Unsubscribe Me campaign that depicted visually just how brutal "being forced into an uncomfortable posture" actually is.

Now, with recent confirmation that United States torture policy was not only formulated but actively managed at the highest levels of the executive branch and approved by President Bush, Unsubscribe Me has done for waterboarding what they did for stress positions. Watch it below, and if you don't believe waterboarding - which the C.I.A. has admitted using - is torture afterwards, read this article by a former Master Instructor and Chief of Training at the U.S. Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School. It is time to pull away the veil of euphemism that brands what is shown in the video as "harsh interrogation techniques" rather than what it is: torture by Americans.

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