On June 18, 2008, Physicians for Human Rights released a report on 11 detainees from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo never charged whom they examined and concluded had been tortured. Antonio Taguba (see 195) wrote the preface. Taguba underlined the top down nature of America’s torture policy and the human costs of that policy.
“…the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals’ lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.
After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”