At the time, UCLA Professor Mark Keiman said:
"The United States Army is so concerned about Bradley Manning's health that it is subjecting him to a regime designed to drive him insane....This is a total disgrace. It shouldn't be happening in this country."
In a New York Times commentary headlined "A Cruel and Unusual Record," former President Jimmy Carter condemned America's "widespread abuse of human rights."
He cited targeted assassinations, indiscriminate drone killings, indefinite detentions without charge, warrantless spying, abusing people based on "their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate," keeping Guantanamo open, and obtaining confessions by torture.
What George Bush authorized, Obama continues. Illegal practices remain policy. Horrific torture is institutionalized. International law is spurned. Constitutional rights don't matter.
On August 2, 2002, Bush administration officials John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, Jay Bybee and David Addington urged using harsh measures amounting to torture.
They said, by presidential authorization, international and federal laws don't apply during wartime. They also claimed "war on terror" priorities override them.
On March 14, 2003, the same officials issued what became known as "the torture memo."
Titled "Military (or CIA) Interrogation of Alien Unlawful Combatants Held Outside the Unites States," they claimed extreme measures amounting to torture are permitted.
Presidents may use "the fullest range of power....to protect the nation." He "enjoys complete discretion in the exercise of his authority in conducting operations against hostile forces."
It argued against prohibiting anything considered cruel and unusual. It institutionalized use of "intense pain or suffering" short of what would cause "serious physical injury so severe that death, organ failure, (loss of significant body functions), or permanent damage," would result.
On July 20, 2006, Bush's Executive Order (EO) titled "Interpretation of the Geneva Conventions Common Article 3 as Applied to a Program of Detention and Interrogation Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency" authorized the CIA director to use abusive interrogation practices.
Obama governs by diktat authority. He continues the same horrific practices.
They include sleep deprivation, waterboarding, painful stress positions, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation and/or overload, severe beatings, electric shocks, induced hypothermia, and other measures able cause irreversible physical and psychological harm.
Gerald Celente is right saying "America's political system is degenerate, corrupt and ineffective. It cannot be patched up or papered over." It needs to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. It can happen if enough concerned people accept no less.