The Washington Post has confirmed that the United States has used torture at Guantanamo Bay.
From the Reuters article:
The Pentagon official overseeing the tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
“We tortured [Mohammed al-] Qahtani,” Susan Crawford said in an interview with the newspaper. “His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that’s why I did not refer the case” for prosecution.
I can only hope that once Obama gets into office he will look into the activities and punish all who were involved, up to and including George W. Bush.
But, we will need to hold Obama accountable for investigating the former administration. I am concerned about the possibility that he will attempt to downplay the crimes of the past administration.
From his recent TV interview, Think Progress reports:
Q: The most popular question on your own website is related to this. On change.gov it comes from Bob Fertik of New York City and he asks, ‘Will you appoint a special prosecutor ideally Patrick Fitzgerald to independently investigate the greatest crimes of the Bush administration, including torture and warrantless wiretapping.’
OBAMA:We’re still evaluating how we’re going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth. And obviously we’re going to be looking at past practices and I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards. … My orientation is going to be moving foward.
As a nation, we need to watch this closely over the next year and let our representatives in Congress know how we feel about the United States committing War Crimes.