U.S. torture program results in thousands of U.S. deaths

December 1, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

In an interview with The Washington Post, a U.S. Air Force counter-intelligence specialist explains that he was aghast when he saw how the U.S. was continuing to torture prisoners, even after he arrived in 2006.   He further learned, based on first-hand interviews he conducted, that the torture committed by the United States in Iraq was resulting in thousands of American lives.  To figure this out, all he had to do was listen (instead of torturing), then connect the dots:

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Hank says:

    I've been saying this for years, half tongue-in-cheek: the best recruiting tool al-Qaeda and bin Laden could ever have wished for materialised in the form of the Iraq invasion and subsequent crimes at Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo.

    If you were an angry militant jihadi before March 2003 but hadn't decided on a course of action yet, you would have needed no further impetus than "Shock & Awe" and Abu Ghraib. The cruel irony of liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein and then re-opening his most feared & loathed prison and continuing the precise kinds of activities that made it so feared & loathed in the first place was lost on any potential Iraqi insurgent or foreign jihadi. It's possibly the biggest, stupidest & most costly blunder the Bush administration made in the context of the Iraqi theatre (notwithstanding invading a country innocent of 9/11 involvement, posessing WMD or any other provocation to war in the first place).

    Regardless of what George might want his legacy to be, Abu Ghraib and Guantanmo Bay are going to stick out and shine brightly on his permanent record…and the sad thing is they'll have plenty of competition.

  2. Tim Hogan says:

    There may yet be a value to the facilities at Gitmo—put the Wall Streeters who bankrupted their companies there.

  3. Hank says:

    Outstanding – I don't think that would be cruel OR unusual 🙂

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