The Torture Cycle

These reports are among the most depressing to come out of Iraq. What if we have replaced one torturing regime with another? And what if our own example contributed? Money quote:

"Many cases of torture and ill treatment of detainees held in facilities controlled by the Iraqi authorities have been reported since the handover of power in June 2004," the [Amnesty International] report said. "Among other methods, victims have been subjected to electric shocks or have been beaten with plastic cable. The picture that is emerging is one in which the Iraqi authorities are systematically violating the rights of detainees in breach of guarantees contained both in Iraqi legislation and in international law and standards."

The full report is here.