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Home Action Statements of Support & Solidarity Blue Triangle Network Condems Torture of U.S. Prisoners
Blue Triangle Network Condems Torture of U.S. Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
The Blue Triangle Network shares the horror, disgust and outrage felt by people throughout the world in the face of the revelations of the torture and murder of detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib Prison and elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The images that surfaced leave no doubt as to the intensity of the degrading and inhuman torture of individuals, most of whom, according to a U.S. Army report, were hapless victims of random encounters with the occupiers of their country.

A particularly chilling and profoundly repellent aspect of the still unfolding horror story is the gleeful smiles worn by some of the American tormentors - more evocative of a spring break snapshot than scenes from a journey to hell. All of this saddens and sickens us, but does not surprise.

The arbitrary detention, brutal mistreatment, denial of even minimal administrative recourse, lack of contact or even information with family members and often incredibly violent torture of detainees is not a story from this week?s headlines. It is, rather, the game plan for the never ending war on terror which has been in play since 9-11.

Many thousands of Muslim, Arab and South Asian individuals in the U.S. have experienced the same kinds of humiliation and pain that captures the attention of the world in these abuses. The report by the Inspector General of the Justice Department is clear that the same violations of human rights and decency were commonplace for those detained in the U.S., on no more pretext than their religion, national origin or political beliefs, under the cloak of "homeland security".

The claim that the abuses of these Iraqi prisoners are an "aberration" would be laughable if it weren?t so disgusting. In fact, such abuses are the very curriculum of the United States military training ground at the School of the Americas and similar institutions. The mistreatment of Rabih Haddad and Sami Al-Arian in the United States, and the nameless victims of the U.S. run Guant?namo Bay concentration camp, have become the norm.

We encourage everyone to witness and speak out on the connections between the abuses at home and those emerging in Iraq and Afghanistan. Speak out in every possible forum, write letters to editors, newspapers, and politicians! Mobilize in any and every way you can. The terrible pictures we see today are representative of evils at home as well as abroad.

First they came for the Communists and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics and I didn?t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, but by that time, no one was left to speak up.

Pastor Martin Niemoeller, Nazi Germany

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