Reuters Downplays CIA Torture As Merely ‘Physically Stressful Interrogation Techniques’
from the torturing-the-english-language deptWe recently wrote about the ongoing delays in releasing a (heavily redacted) executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture regime following 9/11. That was linked to a Reuters story about how the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee still can’t agree on what to redact. However, I’d totally missed a line at the end of that Reuters piece that Kevin Gosztola calls to our attention. It’s where Reuters reporter Patricia Zengerle decides to not call torture “torture,” but rather “physically stressful interrogation.”
Human rights activists and many politicians have labeled as “torture” some of the physically stressful interrogation techniques, such as water boarding – or simulated drowning – that were authorized under former President George W. Bush.
This is a cheap cop out by Reuters and Zengerle. Waterboarding is torture. A month ago, the NY Times finally got around to admitting that waterboarding and the other interrogation techniques used by the CIA were torture and that it would call it that in the future. Reuters should get with the program (also known as the English language). It’s the “view from nowhere” to pull the “well, some human rights activists call it torture.” It is torture. It is not just a few human rights activists saying this. It is widely accepted as torture. The UN has said it is torture, and Reuters reporters should know that because that article is from Reuters.
Not only that, but it’s pretty clearly torture under US law which defines it as:
“torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;…
You can tell a lot about the traitors’ agenda by state-owned media organs like reuters, which works for the same bankster interests that have created the economic conditions which will lead to the upheaval that they hope to control by mass torture and murder, just as they’ve done countless times in so-called “developing” countries that they’ve been busy looting for decades.
Maybe we should lay down our own line in the sand here: torture as defined by the above law, committed by any purported agent of the state is an act of high treason since it’s done in service to the enemy and is thus a capital crime.