News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Does the U.S. Have Prisoners Torturned?
BUSH and the MEDIA
-- Gay Rights
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
-- Use of Language
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo

"Statements made by US officials suggesting that that the US Government condones the mistreatment and possibly even the torture of prisoners and detainees gravely concerns Amnesty International. These allegations raise the possibility of jeopardizing moral leadership, of serious violation of international law, and of demonstrating disregard for human dignity that may place Americans in greater risk."                        
--Amnesty International USA         

ABC News
Lawyer Says Guantanamo Detainees Tortured
Australian Lawyer Alleges U.S. Military Has Tortured Guantanamo Bay Detainees for Confessions

The Associated Press

The complete article is currently (4/5/04) available on the ABC News website at--

CANBERRA, Australia Oct. 8 — The U.S. military has tortured terrorist suspects held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, an Australian lawyer representing some of the suspects claimed Wednesday.

U.S.-based Richard Bourke, who has been working for almost two years on behalf of dozens of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, said American military officials were using old-fashioned torture techniques to force confessions out of prisoners.

The methods "clearly" fell under the definition of torture under international conventions, he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio in an interview from the United States. ...

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.


Amnesty International USA


Torture is immoral, illegal, and counterproductive. Torture undermines the moral and legal principles on which society is based. Moral authority and the ability to pressure allies are lost when world leaders resort to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading practices. As a means of interrogation, torture often results in false statements, and instills resentment and anger in the victims, their families, friends, and community, and generates embittered opponents. This hostility can translate into devastating consequences for those they consider enemies.

Since its founding, the United States has cherished the notion that individuals have a right to be free from oppression and torture, and that certain human rights are unalienable. The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment," extends "the right of the people to be secure in their person," and prevents self-incrimination partly to ensure against coerced extraction of confessions. Among the international conventions the US has ratified that prohibit torture are the Geneva Conventions, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention Against Torture. The US ratified the International Convention Against Torture at the urging of President George H.W. Bush, who made it clear that, "The United States must continue its vigorous efforts to bring the practice of torture an other gross abuses of human rights to an end wherever they occur." The US reaffirmed these ideals in its report to the UN Committee Against Torture.

Statements made by US officials suggesting that that the US Government condones the mistreatment and possibly even the torture of prisoners and detainees gravely concerns Amnesty International. These allegations raise the possibility of jeopardizing moral leadership, of serious violation of international law, and of demonstrating disregard for human dignity that may place Americans in greater risk. Furthermore, the US Government has stated that approximately 3,000 suspected al-Qaeda members have been detained worldwide since September 11, 2001. Many are believed to be held in nations known to employ torture. Over 6oo are being held at U.S. military facilities at Guantanamo. The treatment of all detainees is a concern for Amnesty International, as well as the whereabouts of those being held abroad. Torture serves no purpose but to harm human beings and create new enemies.

Amnesty International has campaigned against the use of torture for over forty years and has documented the use of torture in more than 150 countries. The organization has documented a continuing decline in torture, down to 73% of countries surveyed in 2002, compared with 90% in the 2000 report entitled Torture Worldwide: An Affront to Human Dignity. The two-year decline coincided with AI's international campaign against torture. The organization is concerned that continued progress is threatened because of the current geo-political climate.

As a world leader, silence or indifference from the United States will be perceived as an indication that this country condones torture and other egregious abuses. The US must make clear that torture is an affront to human dignity that can never be justified and must be opposed in every country of the world. Otherwise, those who wage war on human rights will have won the battle against freedom.


  • President Bush and Congress investigate recent allegations of torture and ensure that anyone responsible for ordering or carrying out torture is prosecuted and punished according to US and international law.
  • The US Government report on the whereabouts and conditions of detainees held in US custody.
  • Member of Congress place a statement on the Congressional Record expressing their opposition to torture and urging President Bush to make an unequivocal declaration that torture is never acceptable, that it is counterproductive, and it is against U.S. and international law.


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