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Commentary :: Human Rights
Forget Iraq - U.S.Govt. "Tortures" its own American prisoners!
15 May 2004
Forget Iraq - U.S.Govt. "Tortures" its own American prisoners!
The Bush Administration and the entire U.S.Govt. are taking every opportunity to express thier "shock and horror" over the abuse and torture the U.S.Military inflicted on their prisoners in Iraq.
But just why the Bush Admin. (plus the U.S. Congress;the U.S.Senate etc.) are apparently and suddenly so energized to express their "shock and horror" (at least to the media) over prisoner abuse in Iraq is hard to fathom. The Bush Govt. (and the U.S.Congress and the U.S.Senate) doesn't have to look any further than their own American prisons,especially its Maximum Security Prisons to witness U.S.Govt. sanctioned "abuse and torture" being inflicted freely on American prisoners.

Take the case of Maximum Security Prison inmates,many who are doing long or life sentences, who are locked in "windowless" prison cells for 23 hours a day! These prisoners have no human contact with other inmates, and by U.S.Govt. policy & direction,are being left to rot their lives away in a concrete hole thta they have no chance of ever getting out of .In many cases these Maximum Security prison cells have lights that are kept on for 24 hours a day,constantly depriving the prisoner of any kind of privacy or restful sleep.Many of these "state tortured" Maximum Security Prisoners are doing long or life sentences for "non violent" crimes. How is condemning any prisoner to having no human contact and long term "sensory deprivation" in constantly lit,windowless concrete cell for 23 hours a day,not constitue state sanctioned "abuse and torture"?

The sincerity of the "shocked and horrified" members of the Bush Admin. and the U.S.Congress and the U.S. Senate over the "abuse and torture" of the U.S.Govt.'s prisoners in Iraq has to be taken with a grain of salt when the the documented evidence of the systematic "abuse and torture" of American prisoners in American prisons is overwhelming!
k.hawley

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Re: Forget Iraq - U.S.Govt. "Tortures" its own American prisoners!
16 May 2004
You're right about U.S. Prisoners being tortured. One thing you didn't point out...
The number of "served time" felons, who are on the streets, as of this moment.
How many of them are carrying anger and resentment towards government and society?
I'm sure. Over 50%.
The ones who haven't got a clue? Sleepwalk. With your television, sports and religion.
And hope a civil war never breaks out.