Friday, February 17, 2006
Judge's anger at US torture
"America's idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations." —Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, High Court ruling, 16 Feb 2006.
"Abu Ghraib cannot be allowed to fade away like some half-forgotten domestic political controversy, which may have prompted newsmagazine covers at the time, but now seems as irrelevant as the 2002 elections. Abu Ghraib is not an issue of partisan sound bites or refighting the decision to invade Iraq. Grotesque violations of every value that America proclaims occurred within the walls of that prison. These abuses were carried out by soldiers who wore our flag on their uniforms and apparently believed that Americans here at home would approve of their conduct. Rather than hiding what they did out of shame, they commemorated their sadism with a visual record." —Walter Shapiro, 16 Feb 2006.