My country isn’t much of a team player

Now we know: The CIA has tortured many prisoners of war since the start of the Afghan and Iraq wars.

Now we know: The Bush administration (particularly Rumsfeld and Cheney, but also W.) lied when they claimed they got useful intelligence from their torture subjects.

Now we know: W. still refuses to admit his administration did anything wrong.

We may not have known: The degree to which our nation chose to violate the Geneva Conventions (on conducting “humane” warfare).

Among many other things, those conventions (which the U.S. agreed to, at one time) hold, with regard to prisoners of war:

No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever.
Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.
Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention.
Prisoners of war are entitled in all circumstances to respect for their persons and their honour. No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever.
Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.
Prisoners of war shall be quartered under conditions as favorable as those for the forces of the Detaining Power who are billeted in the same area. The said conditions shall make allowance for the habits and customs of the prisoners and shall in no case be prejudicial to their health.

Now we know: We should all be ashamed of what we’ve allowed our nation to do in our name.

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