SO a US government official has admitted that a terrorist has been tortured in Gitmo:
“Susan Crawford, who oversees the tribunals for terror suspects at the US base in Cuba, said she believed the interrogation of Saudi national Mohammed al-Qahtani amounted to torture …/
“After his capture in Afghanistan, Qahtani was subjected to 48 days of torture from November 2002 to January 2003, usually lasting 18 to 20 hours. He was stripped naked in front of female interrogators, subjected to extreme cold and kept in isolation for five months. He was threatened by a military dog named Zeus and was led around a room naked on a leash and told to perform dog tricks, according to an official summary of his interrogation seen by the Post.”
Torture is wrong. It is plainly, objectively wrong. The United States is a great nation that ought to be above that kind of thing, even if in this case al-Qahtani’s nails remain attached to his fingers, his genitals weren’t wired to a generator and nobody stood behind him, knife drawn to take his head from his shoulders. What US authorities did in this case shames the nation and betrays its very founding principles. But when I read why he wound up in Guantanamo Bay –
“He was due to meet Mohammed Atta, the plot’s leader on August 4 2001 at the flight school in Florida, but was denied entry to the US by a suspicious immigrations officer.”
– I simply don’t care about what happened to him. I still think of what happened to almost 3000 people on that day, of those who were vapourised in aircraft, those forced to jump to their deaths from hundreds of feet or who disappeared when those towers come down on them while they went up to rescue others. And when I think of the unimaginable misery that al-Qahtani intended to help bring about, I simply cannot rouse the slightest sympathy for him.
I just don’t care.