The Last Two

Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

“In August 2009, (Attorney General) Holder announced a formal investigation…(of) over 100 cases of severe detainee abuse…such as mock execution and threatening a prisoner with a gun and a power drill, as well as threats that prisoners would be made to witness the sexual abuse of their relatives.”

“But, less than two years later, on June 30, 2011, Holder announced…there would be no charges brought in any of them – except two.”

“The only exceptions were two particularly brutal cases, both of which resulted in the death of the detainee.”

“One involved the 2002 abuse of Gul Rahman, who froze to death in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan known as the “Salt Pit”, after he was beaten, stripped, and then shackled to a cement wall in freezing temperatures.”

“The other was the 2003 death of Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib, who died in CIA custody after he was beaten, stripped, had cold water poured on him, and then shackled to the wall. It was al-Jamadi’s ice-packed body which was infamously photographed with a smiling US Army Sgt Charles Granier standing over it giving the thumbs-up sign.”

A physician told NPR back in 2005:

“How Jamadi was shackled ‘makes it very difficult to breathe because you are suspended in a very awkward position. When you combine it with having the hood over your head and having broken ribs, it’s fairly clear that this death was caused by asphyxia because he couldn’t breathe properly.’ ”

“(These) are the two cases which the Department of Justice this week announced it was closing without any charges of any kind being brought.”

“…yesterday’s decision means that nobody in the US government will pay any price for the systematic worldwide torture regime which that nation implemented and maintained for close to a decade.”
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, August 31, 2012

The news that none of our leaders would be held accountable for US torture was announced August 30, 2012…

…during the Republican Convention and right before the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Journalist Chris Hayes described it as ‘the mother of all news dumps.”

“…not with a bang, but a whimper.”
T.S. Eliot

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