“So have you heard about the torture in Russia?” one of my fellow schoolmates mockingly asked me. My answer was a firm no at the time. However, I would also add the fact that even though I have not heard any official sources on massive torture in Russia, I have heard about the torture in America.
Even though ex-President Bush and a number of Republican politicians have tried to delay the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s CIA Torture Report by referring to the “national security”, which seems to be everyone’e favorite phrase once the problems in their depertment or administration surface.
The truth always comes out. And the truth is that the CIA used torture and inhumane ways of interrogation, misleading the Senate and the White House about their deeds, held innocent people for the CIA’s purposes, and exaggerated on the effectivness of the torture methods.
If you thought America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, then think again. Think of a man who was wrongfully held by the CIA in order to extract information from his family. Think of the men degraded and abused in the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.
On the subject of the torture report, U.S. President Barack Obama remarked that, “The character of our country has to be measured in part not by what we do when things are easy, but what we do when things are hard.” Just to clarify to all the readers, what the US has done when things turned bad, was, and I am directly quoting President Obama, “We tortured some folks.” Quite ironic, and at the same time, so revealing, to have a country that fights the fight for human rights, so clearly abuse them.
The worst part of all these revelations is that after hanging out its dirty laundry, the US in fact expects people to forgive and forget, as President Obama has said,
“We crossed a line…it needs to be understood and accepted.” The problem is most people will do exactly that.