waterboarding was a war crime in 1947…what changed?

Yes, it’s a rhetorical question; what has changed is the control of the executive branch by a proto-fascist cabal with little or no regard for the rule of law in general and our Constitution in particular.

This Washington Post article by Walter Pincus notes that in 1947 the US charged a Japanese officer with war crimes for using waterboarding as an interrogation technique. The fifteen-year sentence he received stands in the starkest possible contrast to the Bush administration’s refusal to eschew such barbarity against suspected terrorists. Katrin vanden Heuvel writes in The Nation that:

There have been other periods in American history when torture has been committed, when habeas corpus has been suspended; when innocent civilians have been imprisoned; when secret prisons were created; when due process has been denied; when private records have been subpoened; when illegal domestic spying has been approved; when the President of the United States has repeatedly and consistently broken the law. But they have never all happened at the same time.


Every other chapter of excess and overreach in American history has been followed by a period of regret, and then reform. But what do we make of this President's claim that the war on terror is a war without end? Does that also mean that the war on our fundamental rights and liberties knows no end?


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"Boris Korczak was a CIA Agent in the 1970's. He was a double agent infiltrated the KGB for the United States. He was exposed by an American official, had to flee for his life yet the CIA turned it's back on him refusing him any help. Their hope was that the KGB would kill him."

Boris Korczak Ex Double Agent

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