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Will anyone be punished for CIA torture?
    2014-12-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Xu Qinduo

    xuqinduo@gmail.com

    AMERICA’S Central Intelligence Agency — or CIA — committed the crime of brutal torture. The U.N. is calling for accountability — those who used torture during interrogation, who devised the inhuman techniques and who approved such a policy must be brought to justice. But will any U.S. official be prosecuted and receive due punishment?

    Not likely.

    Instead of apologizing or offering compensation for those who suffered injustice, former U.S. President George W. Bush and his former officials went all out to not only defend the practice of torture, but also to assault the Senate report revealing the startling abuse of terror suspects in CIA prisons. Former Vice President Dick Cheney dismissed the torture report as being “full of crap.”

    Current U.S. President Barack Obama is doing everything he can to close the case by shelving the controversy. Obama talked about leaving things in the past and “moving on.” Last week, he went even as far as to partially justify the use of torture, saying that “nobody can fully understand what it was like to be responsible for the safety and security of the American people in the aftermath of the worst attack on our national soil.” It’s obvious that Obama is in no mood to engage in a political fight with Republicans.

    The U.S. Justice Department has also made it clear that they would not prosecute any individual for the grisly acts. It carried out a review of the CIA interrogation five years ago but decided not to file any criminal charges because of insufficient evidence.

    One could wonder whether Justice Department is living in denial. As listed in the damning torture report, waterboarding, extreme deprivation of sleep, rectal feeding and beating were among CIA techniques for interrogation. Of all the criticisms or attacks on the report, interestingly, no argument disputes the substance, which indicates a consensus that torture was routinely used, but, somehow, Justice Department officials could not gather enough evidence to guarantee prosecution.

    The Bush administration waged an illegal war against Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. What happened afterward? Some suggested impeaching the cowboy president at one point of time, but that’s all. No legal consequences ever followed any of his officials responsible for invading a sovereign nation. The U.S. National Security Agency listened to personal phone calls and spied on personal emails of national leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Was anyone held accountable for those blatant invasions of persona privacy? No.

    To be fair, California senator Dianne Feinstein deserves credit for her leading role in producing the CIA torture report, but the report matters little until the U.S. does something about it such as putting behind bars those involved in the torture.

    (The author is a current affairs commentator with China Radio International.)

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