Jun. 18, 2005

We are all complicit in these vile acts of torture - but what can we do about it?

We are all complicit in these vile acts of torture - but what can we do about it?

If our government uses information drained out of these creatures, it is we who are holding the whips

by Robert Fisk

06/18/05 'The Independent' - - We are all complicit in these vile acts of torture - but what can we do about it? If our government uses information drained out of these creatures, it is we who are holding the whips.

I still have my notes from a man who knew all about torture, a Druze friend in the 1980s, during the Lebanese war, pleased with himself because he'd just caught two Christian militiamen trying to plant a car bomb on the Beirut seafront. 'I saw two Phalangists over there. I knew who they were. They had a bomb in their car. I called the PSP [Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party] and they took them off for questioning.' What happened to them? 'Well, they knew what would happen to them; they knew there was no hope. They were questioned here for a couple of days and then they were taken up to Beit Eddin.'

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