Official American Sadism

Guantanamo: Beyond the Law

a series of five articles by Tom Lasseter
in the McClatchy Newspapers, June 15–19, 2008, available at

Broken Laws, Broken Lives:Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact

a report by Physicians for Human Rights, with a preface byMajor General Antonio M. Taguba
Physicians for Human Rights, 130 pp., available at

Since the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was exposed, in April 2004, the Bush administration has maintained that any mistreatment was the work of a few “bad apples.” No action has been taken against any higher-up, military or civilian. But a steady accumulation of disclosures, capped in June by a Senate committee report and hearing, has made it clear that abusive treatment of prisoners was a deliberate policy that came from the top—the Pentagon, the Justice Department, and the White House.

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Official American Sadism’ November 6, 2008