Sunday, October 19, 2008

New PBS Documentary on Torture

Holding 'war criminals' indefinitely is a serious human rights violation. There is no ability for any of these detainees to prove their innocence, and especially no innocence until proven guilty. Some of the stories behind the war on terrorism are astounding, and finally there is a PBS documentary called "Torturing Democracy" that will be set to air after Bush's Presidency. But anyone can see it right now online for free. It specifically addresses torture that was used on the detainees during the war on terrorism.

My reaction to this documentary is anger at what the most developed nation in the world took part in. In our common day and age, torture should never be used. The violation of human dignity is outrageous - both for those who are tortured and the effects on those who actually do the torturing.

To see the extreme human rights violations that happened throughout the war on terror take some time out and watch the Torturing Democracy documentary.

Now, I know that many people have disagreed with the Supreme Court's ruling this summer that the Guantanamo Bay detainees should have the right to trial and cannot be held 'indefinitely.' Instead of just blindly formulating this opinion, I challenge you to watch the documentary I linked to above, and then decide whether or not the decision is right.

As far as where I stand, it is hard to deny that there were some extreme human rights violations on the part of the USA throughout the war on terrorism. What kind of opinion do we expect the Middle Eastern countries (and the rest of the world) to have of our country? We should be holding ourselves to the very highest standard when it comes to the issue of torture; when it comes to the issue of human rights; when it comes to the issue of foreign policy. Above all, we must hold those in power accountable for their actions. I am a huge advocate about educating ourselves as much as possible about political issues. Education is the key to holding those in power accountable for their actions.

*A note on commenting: Please only comments in reaction to the documentary - others will likely not be published.

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