“rape by instrumentality”

Scott Horton:- Third, the Nelly account shows that health professionals are right in the thick of the torture and abuse of the prisoners—suggesting a systematic collapse of professional ethics driven by the Pentagon itself. He describes body searches undertaken for no legitimate security purpose, simply to sexually invade and humiliate the prisoners. This was a standardized Bush Administration tactic–the importance of which became apparent to me when I participated in some Capitol Hill negotiations with White House representatives relating to legislation creating criminal law accountability for contractors. The Bush White House vehemently objected to provisions of the law dealing with rape by instrumentality. When House negotiators pressed to know why, they were met first with silence and then an embarrassed acknowledgement that a key part of the Bush program included invasion of the bodies of prisoners in a way that might be deemed rape by instrumentality under existing federal and state criminal statutes. While these techniques have long been known, the role of health care professionals in implementing them is shocking.

As Larisa Alexandrovna observes, she wants to know the names of these medical ‘professionals’ who violated their oaths and committed torture-

Do you want to take your child to a doctor who has spent the last several years engaged in the torture of other children? Would you take your elderly mother to see a doctor who was involved in torturing people to death, as we now know? I don’t want these people in our community and in a position to abuse the most weak among us: the sick, the elderly, and children.

That is the reality of the Obama regime not pursuing prosecutions, torturers, rapist and paedophiles remain in well paid positions of power, free to abuse again, even as they are praised ‘for their service’. This is the moment when you decide to face the truth or bury it and go further into Hell. I quite like Dave Dubya’s suggestion-

The Republicans can impeach Pelosi, Hoyer, Harmon, Nelson, Reid, and Rockefeller for aiding and abetting torture and illegal wiretaps. I bet they’d like that.

Let’s even allow that to proceed first, in the spirit of bipartisanship. After that gets under way, we’ll have Obama’s Department of Justice live up to its name and indict Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Gonzales, etc. for torture, war crimes, and illegal surveillance.

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