From Salon via BuzzFlash:
Dec. 8, 2004 Â |Â On June 15, 2003, Sgt. Frank “Greg” Ford, a counterintelligence agent in the California National Guard’s 223rd Military Intelligence (M.I.) Battalion stationed in Samarra, Iraq, told his commanding officer, Capt. Victor Artiga, that he had witnessed five incidents of torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees at his base, and requested a formal investigation. Thirty-six hours later, Ford, a 49-year-old with over 30 years of military service in the Coast Guard, Army and Navy, was ordered by U.S. Army medical personnel to lie down on a gurney, was then strapped down, loaded onto a military plane and medevac’d to a military medical center outside the country.
Although no “medevac” order appears to have been written, in violation of Army policy, Ford was clearly shipped out because of a diagnosis that he was suffering from combat stress. After Ford raised the torture allegations, Artiga immediately said Ford was “delusional” and ordered a psychiatric examination.
America needs to admit it has a torture problem. Torture, physical and psychological, has become an acceptable procedure in Bush’s America. The authorities act like alcoholics in denial: “I don’t have a problem, it’s just ‘social torture’ — I can quit anytime I want, and besides that, it’s just a few bad apples, and besides that, if you think you saw torture, you’re under too much stress and imagining things. Besides, I combat terrorism better when I’ve had a few victims tortured!”
We have a torture problem. We need to quit this cold turkey.