The “Constitution Project’s Report on Detainee Treatment” following 9/11 concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the ultimate responsibility rests on the “highest” officials in the US Government.
Follow the link to the Scott Shane, April 16, 2013, NYT article, “US engaged in Torture After 9/11,” which discusses this shocking condemnation of US policy of officially sanctioned torture. In the article, Shane states, “The core of the report, however, may be an appendix: a detailed 22-page legal and historical analysis that explains why the task force concluded that what the United States did was torture. It offers dozens of legal cases in which similar treatment was prosecuted in the United States or denounced as torture by American officials when used by other countries.”
Shane continues, “While the Constitution Project report covers mainly the Bush years, it is critical of some Obama administration policies, especially what it calls excessive secrecy. It says that keeping the details of rendition and torture from the public ‘cannot continue to be justified on the basis of national security’ and urges the administration to stop citing state secrets to block lawsuits by former detainees.”
Follow the link for more information about “US Engaged in Torture After 9/11.”