This is not a political blog. The only major issue I normally discuss that comes close to politics is racism. BUT, this IS a blog that deals with rage. I remember the shock of that day and then the rage the next. I would have killed anyone my leaders pointed me at that next day and I had been out of uniform for years. Rage is understandable but what you do with it defines you. We institutionalized the dark parts of rage and they festered.
So, while I rarely discuss politics, this is a case where I find I have no choice. The recent report released on torture by the CIA is different. I feel I need to say something.
TORTURE IS NOT ONLY MORALLY WRONG, IT IS INEFFECTIVE AT GETTING ANY USEFUL INFORMATION.
This means it has no useful value to the United States or our forces for any reason.
First, the base information:
Second, who HAS used it effectively and why we don’t want to be part of that club:
Third, another former military man (Yes, I was an officer) deals with this much better than I can:
Finally, several other articles (That will grow over time):
If, for some bizarre reason as a Heathen, you need a Nine Noble Virtues or other justification…
IT IS CALLED HOSPITALITY FOR A REASON!
If you accept a prisoner, he becomes YOUR responsibility.
I get that we were really angry. I would have killed whoever you pointed me at the following day (9/12). We have to be wiser and more in control of what we do than that.