I am both amazed and not amazed (is that possible) that Susan Crawford has gone public with the revelation that the US did torture inmates at Gitmo. Susan Crawford is the convening authority of the military commissions at Gitmo.
Amazed because it has happened before the end of Bush’s term, but not amazed because I suspect that she is trying to get in first before all the other revelations come public. How many others will come out to try and protect their own reputations?
“We tortured [Mohammed al-]Qahtani,” said Susan J. Crawford, in her first interview since being named convening authority of military commissions byDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007. “His treatment met the legal definition of torture.”
And remember that Bush said this on the 6th Sept 2006:
“The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values.”
Maybe now some of the deniers will start to admit that the Bush administration not only allowed torture to occur but actively created the conditions in which it would occur. And will this be another of the “disappointments” that Bush lists in his presidency? Just like the fact that there were no WMD’s are a “disappointment”?
Those responsible in the Bush administration should be held accountable for their actions.