January 14, 2005

'Torture' vs 'Torture' (Redux)

Spc. Charles Graner Jr.'s fate has gone to the jury. He has been accused of 'torturing' inmates in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In the spirit of solidarity with human rights activists around the world outraged at American abuses, I present to you 'torture' vs. 'torture', an old but oft overlooked post.
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Three British nationals recently released from Guantanamo Bay have claimed they were tortured. The ICRC goes so far as to say that what is going on at Gitmo may be a war crime. Many involved in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal now stand trial for their crimes. In fact, Islamist websites routinely use pictures of 'torture' at Abu Ghraib to justify their jihad against the US.

But what exactly does 'torture' mean? Is what was done at Abu Ghraib torture? Laying aside the fact that most of what is being said by the released Gitmo prisoners is rubbish--also, suspend for a second your knowlege that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to non-uniformed enemy combatants---what about the more credible claims of 'torture'?

I offer the following photo essay. Us vs. Them. Our 'torture' vs. their torture.

WARNING: Extremely graphic. You must be an adult to see this!! The images below are extremely violent and ought to make you sick.

Post Continued Below. Last warning.
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Torture vs. Torture


Exhibit 1: What our prisoners have to look at vs. what their prisoners have to look at. Ok, it's a tie. [note: humorous on purpose. Last chance to bail on this post]

Lynndie England vs. Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi

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Exhibit 2: Guards practicing psychological torture vs. guards practicing psychological torture.

Below: Guards at Abu Ghraib tell a prisoner the wires he is holding are electric---they aren't, he get's scared then they take him back to his cell (this picture is the most frequent image found at terrorist websites. It passes for 'torture'.)

vs.

Kim Il-Sun's guards (Zarqawi and co.) threaten him with death by beheading----then they behead him.

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Exhibit 3: Sensory deprivation vs. sensory deprivation.

Below: American soldiers cover Afghani POWs heads in transport.

vs.

The Saddam Hussein regime randomly drips nitric acid on a prisoner, forcing him to constantly move--this causes severe sleep deprivation and disorientation.


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Exhibit 4: Cultural insensitivity as a form of torture vs. cultural insensitivity as a form of torture.

Below: Corporal Lynndie England, on trial for abuse, leads a naked Iraqi prisoner around on a leash.

vs.

Captured US soldiers in Fallujah are murdered, their bodies burned, then hung from wires while 'freedom-fighters' celebrate.


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Exhibit 5: Death threats as torture vs. death threats as torture.

Below: Guards at Abu Ghraib threaten a naked prisoner with their dogs. (note: the dogs are only used to scare him, they are not released on him)

vs.

The Abu Ghraib cemetery yielding it's victims from the Saddam Hussein Regime.


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Exhibit 6: Blows to the head vs. blows to the head.

Below: Mr. Sadiq, recently released from Abu Ghraib, shows his head injury allegedly received at the hands of his guards. He claims he has been tortured.

vs.

A Russian soldier receives a 'head injury' from a Mujuhadin in Chechnya. Remember, this is a 'war of liberation'--religion has nothing to do with it.


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Exhibit 7: Pure torture vs. pure torture.

Below: Lynndie England tortures prisoners by pointing at their tiny little peckers---how humiliating!!

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A member of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's organization holds up the head of Turkish prisoner Ivaylo Kepov.



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Exhibit 8: Head injuries, done in a certain way, are torture when people see the images (because it's humiliating) vs. Head injuries, done in a certain way, are torture when people see the images (because it's humiliating).

Below: A prisoner is rounded up after a firefight in Iraq.

vs.

Paul Johnson.


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PERSPECTIVE PLEASE

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:14 PM | Comments |