Archive for February, 2008

Torture – Waterboarding

February 27, 2008

Our American allies, led by that great politician George Bush, are evidently continuing on a path of torture to obtain information regarding the Iraq-Afghanistan situation.

President Bush has often referred to ‘water-boarding’, the form of torture favoured for use by the CIA on terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay as an ‘enhanced interrogation technique’. He is obviously unaware of the fact that such description is not new and was originally coined by the Nazis.

In 1947, a Japanese soldier who had used water-boarding against a US citizen during World War II was sentenced to 15 years in a US prison for committing a war-crime. In 1948 such techniques were clearly understood to be war-crimes, the punishment for which was death!

One of the (many) torure techniques used by the Gestapo during WWII was a form of water-boarding. The victim was tied face up on a board and then lowered backwards into a bath full of cold water until there was loss of conciousness, after which the victim was pulled out, revived and the torture process continued.

Forms of Gestapo torture can be found in the book The White Rabbit by Yeo-Thomas.

Question: will President Bush be accused of war crimes and made to appear before the Court in The Hague?