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Afghan teenagers claim abuse at a US prison

The two Afghans said they were beaten by American guards, photographed naked and deprived of sleep during their detention at Bagram airbase.

According to the article, the two teenagers, Issa Mohammad, 17, and Abdul Rashid, (who claimed to be under the age of 16), said they were punched and slapped in the face by American guards during their incarceration.

Obama had promised to put an end to the harsh interrogation methods previously authorized by the Bush administration.

Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Wright said all prisoners in Afghanistan are treated "humanely" and in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and US law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to DoD Spokesman LT. Col. Mark Wright: Beating kids, slapping them, photographing them naked, and depriving them of sleep to get a confession to a pre-determined outcome is not sanctioned by the Geneva Accords.

You might want to re-acquaint yourself with this document; it appears you have had selective amnesia here about what is allowed, and not allowed, in the questioning of prisoners of war.

And, as Shakespeare said, "Ey, there's the rub!"

First, the US has for all practical intents and purposes, removed itself from the Geneva Conventions by the legitimization of torture against prisoners of war.

Second, our politicians should put a cork in their mouths before they bloviate about the US respect for law, dignity, and democracy. When you, as representatives of this country, only observe those values in the breach, which is what you have done by not standing against the legitimization of torture, the world knows precisely what maniacal hypocrites you are.

And third, when the US tortures to get a confession, it gives other countries' leadership carte blanche to do precisely the same to our captured soldiers and civilians.

I would strongly suggest that Lt. Col. Wright chew on that last one for a while.