The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, February 17, 2005

He slipped in the shower. Honest.

Ah, yes. Looks like Gonzales and Rumsfeld lied, too. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that Gonzales insisted at his confirmation hearings that the US wouldn't brook torture? Funny how the right blasted Clinton for his "depends what the definition of 'is' is" when questioned about his humjob-- yet have no problem with a government that regularly tells us it all depends on what the definition of 'torture' is... And don't these morons know that creating martyrs for your enemy isn't really the key to winning their trust?

SAN DIEGO (AP) An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while suspended by his wrists, which had been handcuffed behind his back, according to investigative reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

The death of the prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi, became known last year when the Abu Ghraib scandal broke. The U.S. military said back then that it had been ruled a homicide. But the exact circumstances of the death were not disclosed at the time.

The prisoner died in a position known as "Palestinian hanging," the documents reviewed by the AP show. It is unclear whether that position -- which human rights groups condemn as torture -- was approved by the Bush administration for use in CIA interrogations.