Today is "International Human Rights Day," observed every December 10th since 1950. What could be more agonizing irony.
With that in mind, here's a different take on the Senate Torture Report says.
The report is analogous to this: a type of bullet that was long ago made illegal by international convention was fired, in abundance, to deliberately maim people. The guy who made the bullet knew. The guy who made the shell casing knew. The guy who made the primer at the back of the shell casing knew. The guy who filled the shell casing with gunpowder knew.
The guy who boxed the cartridges knew. The guy who shipped the cartridges knew. The guy who loaded the cartridges into the clips knew. The guy who loaded the clips into the guns knew. The guy who made the scopes and the trigger mechanisms and the firing pins and the shell ejectors and the gun barrels knew.
The guy who made the tripods knew, as did the guy who aimed the guns, locked them in position, took them off safety, and cocked them.
Just watch and read and listen. The list of irresponsible perps will grow and grow and grow. Because nobody is responsible.
But it was illegal for any of these people to reveal what they were doing, even though doing it broke international law. Because then everybody would know, and it was illegal for anybody to know.
And the guy who pulled the trigger isn't responsible because he didn't know what he was doing. Even though he defended what he was doing then and still defends it now.
So, woe is us, it's awful. Heinous, even. Deplorable and despicable and inhumane and unconscionable and indefensible and illegal as hell. But nobody is responsible.
Truly, nobody is responsible:
- James Mitchell was paid more than $80 million to devise the torture techniques. More than $80 million. And he calls the torture report, "A partisan pile of bullshit," claiming "we didn't do anything to detainees that we don't do to our own service members in training, men and women."
- Dick Cheney made hundreds of millions from the Iraq war. He knew and wasn't responsible. He calls the torture report "a bunch of hooey." He cannot visit Europe because he would be arrested and tried before an international tribunal at the Hague.
- Just watch and read and listen. The list of irresponsible perps will grow and grow and grow. Because nobody is responsible. Except any American who can be kidnapped and beheaded in the Middle East, regardless of who that American is and who they might be trying to help.
“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” ~ famed late historian Ariel Durant.