Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Horror! The Horror!

FreeRepublic is having a blast with the latest reports of inhumane treatment, if not outright torture, at Guantanamo Bay prison camp:

UNITED States interrogators at Guantanamo Bay subjected a suspected terrorist to abusive and degrading treatment, forcing him to wear a bra, dance with another man and behave like a dog, military investigators said yesterday.

They recommended that Major-General Geoffrey Miller be reprimanded for failing to oversee his interrogation of the 9/11 suspect at the base in Cuba.

But General Bantz Craddock, commander of US Southern Command, said he overruled their recommendation and will instead refer the matter to the army's inspector general.

Gen Craddock concluded that Gen Miller did not violate any US laws or policies, according to officials familiar with the report.

Investigators described their findings before the Senate armed services committee yesterday. They were looking into allegations by FBI agents who say they witnessed abusive interrogation techniques at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects.

One suspect was Mohamed al-Qahtani, a Saudi who tried to enter the US in August 2001, but was turned away at Orlando airport.

Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the 11 September hijackers, was in the airport at the same time.

The committee heard that interrogators told him his mother and sisters were prostitutes, forced him to wear a bra, forced him to wear a thong on his head, told him he was homosexual and said that other prisoners knew it.

If that's torture, why isn't Amnesty International protesting hazing in frat houses or junior hockey locker rooms? Hell, that last paragraph reminds me of grade nine.

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