Sunday, January 20, 2008

Among Nations that Torture

Which are the nations where a foreigner risks torture and abuse?

The list contains names of notorious countries such as: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Afghanistan, Mexico, China... and..

...and according to this Washington Post article (and other reports):

The United States of America!

This list is from a manual prepared by Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs for its diplomats to create "greater awareness among consular officials to the possibility of Canadians detained abroad being tortured."

Or as the MSNBC news video below comments:

"Sometimes, a nation's descent into moral depravity is marked by sudden events... a coup, for instance. Other times, the signposts are smaller, subtler increments...

Meanwhile, responding to the pressure and "unhappiness" expressed by its two "closest allies", Canada has agreed to delete these two countries from the list. The Canadian Foreign Minister has explained:

"The document is a training manual. It is not a policy document or a statement of policy. As such it does not convey the government's views or positions... It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies. I have directed that the manual be reviewed and rewritten."

That would also involve rewriting:

  • My Guantanamo Diary
  • Abu Ghraib happens in USA also
  • Kidnapped to Order
  • Abuse Of Iraqi POWs By GIs
  • Is this just "abuse"?
  • The Ultimate Privatization

    The Canadian govt may "review" and "rewrite" the list. But (click on this link) -
  • The US has used torture for decades. All that's new is the openness about it

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