(Article changed on December 17, 2012 at 15:54)
Arrest All Torturers
"We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law. Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right."
--George W. Bush, June 26, 2003
I've actually looked up the torture statutes while people like Joe Scarborough pontificate about whether the blatant lies of Zero Dark Thirty count as evidence that torture works. It matters not a whit if torture "works" in some cases or not. Torture is a felony crime Mr. Scarborough. Those who commit it can receive 20 years in federal prison and the death penalty if their victim dies. You see we have laws in this nation that aren't subject to alteration by morons writing secret memos.
Some interesting tidbits from the US Criminal Code 18 USC Chapter 113C :
Sec. 2340A. Torture
(a) Offense. - Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
(b) Jurisdiction. - There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if -
(1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or- Advertisement -
(2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.
(c) Conspiracy. - A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.
A faction within the Central Intelligence Agency has convinced Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal that torture is actually a good thing, whether it is a blatant felony crime and international war crime in violation of the Geneva Conventions and Convention Against Torture, or not. These dutiful filmmakers have splattered it up on the screen, and the bedazzled critics salivate over the idea that torture (by glorious Americans) leads to results, despite centuries of evidence to the contrary. And despite the facts of the bin Laden case, as disclosed by a Senate investigation.