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US Claims It Can Use Evidence Gained by Torture

According to an AP story, “Evidence gained by torture can be used by the U.S. military in deciding whether to imprison a foreigner indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant, the government concedes.

“Statements produced under torture have been inadmissible in U.S. courts for about 70 years. But the U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of 550 foreigners as enemy combatants at the U.S. naval base in Cuba are allowed to use such evidence, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle acknowledged at a U.S. District Court hearing Thursday.”

America’s embrace of torture is so disappointing, so horrendous, that it’s difficult for me to deal with. As the bumper stickers say, “Shit happens,” but we don’t have to embrace it and approve it. Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle has earned a black place in history along side Hitler and the Third Reich. “The horror! The horror!” We are in the heart of darkness.

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