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Torture: an idea for our time

Torture: an idea for our time
Clive Stafford Smith - openDemocracy
11 - 8 - 2005

The renewed attempt to normalise and justify torture is ethically wrong and practically dangerous, says the leading human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. He draws on his experience with Guant


  • edited January 1970
    Torture is now legalise... so much for "Western" democracy an human rights! How is Bush, Howard or Blair any better than Saddam Hussein?
    Is it just that the first three speak English, call Allah God, are rich and have weapons of mass destruction?
    "The CIA program to question detainees, to get important information about Al Qaeda, to foil plots and save American lives, this program is going forward."

    Mr Bush acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons for the first time on September 6, when he announced the transfer of its last 14 detainees to the US prison for foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Australian David Hicks has been detained at Guantanamo for more than four years.

    Find this at ABC:
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