DARKNESS VISIBLE: U.S. ADMITS TORTURE AT GUANTANAMO
DARKNESS VISIBLE: US ADMITS TORTURE AT GUANTANAMO Who will apologize to Dick Durbin? Who will apologize to America and the world? The United States has privately admitted its shameful torture practices to a special United Nations Commission, while publicly attacking its critics. The moral darkness of the Bush Administration in its actions at Guantanamo is matched by the cynicism it employs to silence those who tell the truth. We will hear it was just subordinates who engaged in torture. Reality tells us otherwise. The Bush Administration has subordinated decency to its dark vision that all the world will soon see.
GENEVA (AFP) - Washington has for the first time acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said. The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.
"They are no longer trying to duck this, and have respected their obligation to inform the UN," the Committee member told AFP. "They will have to explain themselves (to the Committee). Nothing should be kept in the dark."
UN sources said it was the first time the world body has received such a frank statement on torture from US authorities.