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U.S backs off bid to reopen black site prisons overseas

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 10:35 pm
 Photo taken from Jim Stevenson on Twitter
Photo taken from Jim Stevenson on Twitter

 Imagine being taken, flown out of the country and tortured by the United States government. Imagine being hit day-after-day, being treated harshly and being forced to confess to being a part of terrorist activities. Imagine having the life of your wife, husband, children or family threatened because of what some people think you are a part of, when you are innocent. Well you might say it's not possible because American law forbids these types of torture. 

You're right, it is forbidden - on U.S. soil. 

The moment you are out of the country it is no longer forbidden because you are not covered by the U.S. Constitution. 

 Enhanced interrogation - bad idea but it has happened. This used to happen a lot after the 9/11 attack.

"The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prompted the CIA to search for outside facilities in which to detain and interrogate high-level al-Qaeda suspects," according to The Washington Post article, "What are 'black sites?' 6 key things to know about the CIA's secret prisons overseas," by Julie Vitkovskaya. "The secret prisons, known as 'black sites,' were used by the CIA to interrogate suspects, often using waterboarding to obtain intelligence.'

Black sites were a part of a CIA rendition program administered by former President George Bush after the attack on 9/11.

According to the CNN article, "Bush: CIA kept terror suspects in secret prisons," by Ed Henry and Ted Barrett, "Bush has aggressively asserted the power of the government to capture, detain and prosecute suspected terrorists in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks." 

The former president had said that the program was supposed to keep mass murderers off the streets.

According to Bush, torture was never supposed to be a part of this program. 

What did he expect after they are taken to a secret location outside of the country where the U.S. Constitution no longer protects them from torture and other harsh treatments? That's absurd and I don't believe it one bit. 

While being interrogated, detainees would tell interrogators anything and whatever they wanted to hear in order for the pain to stop. This was worse because they were not catching the right people and only hearing what they wanted to hear from these people who falsely confessed. It did not help U.S. troops at all. 

Former President Barack Obama did his best to shut those prisons down. However, "Trump the Dump" has decided that he would bring back the torture sites overseas.

This man is crazy. I could never understand his thought process. Does he sit in that oval office and just say, "why don't we start torturing people who look like terrorists like the Bush administration used to? That will really teach those bastards and it will be fun for me."

This is wrong on so many levels.

According to The New York Times article by Charlie Savage titled "White House Pulls Back From Bid to Reopen C.I.A. 'Black Site' Prisons," after a leaked draft of the executive order to review to bring back the old rendition program overseas "black site" caused many to become outraged, the Trump administration backed off. 

I know he backed off but it still doesn't make it any better that the man still considered about it. This is another way for him to keep people scared and Trump, you will not succeed. 

How do you defeat a monster by becoming a monster yourself? Treating people horribly is never a smart move in the long run. It's not smart, period.

Imagine how damaged some people can become after enduring that kind of torture. One does not think that a person who has been traumatized by what they experienced and survived will not lash out at other underserving people who resides in the U.S. Yet some people wonder why some people seek revenge. 

 

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