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America's Accountability To Its Constitution And The Events At Abu Ghraib

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Our constitution is built upon the ideas of freedom and decency. After all, it was written after hundreds of years worth of tyranny both at home in England (at the time), and abroad. People were standing against oppression leveled against them from thousands of miles away (for example, the Boston Tea Party), and they were called traitors to the Crown. Today, if someone speaks out against the US and its oppression, or chooses to fight back, we call him an insurgent or a terrorist. It’s quite a twist. Our country was built upon the values laid out in the constitution, and any individual working in the name of the US is absolutely bound by these truths. There is nothing which permits a violation of this; no reason can be which excuses such behavior in violation of these fundamentals. What occurred at Abu Ghraib in the form of mental and physical abuse has no excuse, and as General Taguba suggests, there is no stress of combat—at home or abroad (Hersh)—which may ever excuse a violation that strikes at the bedrock to our county.
It has become public knowledge that what went on at Abu Ghraib was not an isolated incident, and had occurred in areas such as Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But despite evidence, such as Taguba’s report as outlined in the Hersh interview, some have tried to rationalize what went on in Abu Ghraib, and call it something other than torture. For example, there has been debate about whether to call it torture or pressure. The UN convention against torture (ratified by the US) precludes the use of anything which brings about severe pain or suffering, mental or physical. So the question, rationalization or justification, is whether or not what occurred at Abu Ghraib was “severe” (Northam). While I agree that “severe” is a matter of perspective, what went on at Abu Ghraib, the depraved acts against Iraqis and humanity, were certainly torture. Trying to argue against that point would be somewhere on the order of arguing against gravity. The pictures speak for themselves (Unauthored). And also consider this: the woman who took the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs was “…convicted by a court-martial, in May of 2005, of conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, dereliction of duty, and maltreatment, and sentenced to six months in prison, a reduction in rank, and a bad-conduct discharge (Gourevitch).” So the debate of whether or not Abu Ghraib was torture seems moot. From there, it would seem absurd to argue in support of it anywhere, in any country, for any reason.
It is undeniable that what went on at Abu Ghraib was never a series of isolated incidents, which were unbeknownst to the military leadership. It is...

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