Torture Not An Anamoly

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William Marina of the Independent Institute describes the use of torture and the killing of civilians by the U.S. in three counterinsurgencies: the Philippines, Vietnam and, now, Iraq. [thanks] Speaking of the U.S. in the Philippines 100 years ago, he writes:

The “water cure” was the approved torture of the day. With the mouth held open by a knife, a water hose was thrust down the victim’s throat. Whether he talked or not, most often death came later from the infection of the stomach lesions caused by the water pressure.

11:12 am on May 3, 2004