Torture is an ancient art, in one way or another is has likely been practiced since humankind’s first clan conflicts over the Woolly Mammoth hunting grounds. It certainly is not a new practice for America either. Ask the Latin American recipients of the electrical genitalia techniques taught to our fine proxy soldiers, spreading freedom and democratic values throughout the south, by the CIA at the School of the Americas. Or the Shahs upstanding civilized secrete police the SAVAK, who were created, trained and supervised by America’s best and brightest covert agencies and of whom, it was said, spread joy and happiness amongst the people of the nation whose democratically elected leader we overthrew. This recent bought of torture angst is hypocrisy run rampant, for our nations collective memory is that of a gnat for the evidence of our direct and indirect torture over many, many years, well before 9/11 made it fashionable at polite Washington cocktail parties is more than overwhelming, it is prodigious, massive and monstrous.
Torture should be completely, thoroughly anathema to all Americans, high and low. However, PC overly sensitive dandy-like treatment of terrorist prisoners, who would just as soon cut our heads off as respond to the clarion call of the muezzin, is an almost comical overshoot into the realm of the absurd. Treating terrorists to tea and crumpets is just a tad silly, no?
The rules — detailed in court papers obtained by The Telegraph — also prevent military intelligence officers from banging their fists on tables or walls, or using “insulting words” when interrogating a suspect.
The regulations replaced a previous policy that had to be withdrawn after a series of legal challenges and the death in custody of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi detainee in Basra.
But there is growing disquiet within the ranks that the latest guidelines, officially called Challenge Direct, are so stringent that it makes interrogation pointless.
There is also concern that the rules can be so easily breached — especially given the pressure under which soldiers are operating — that military personnel will be left exposed to legal claims and possible disciplinary action.