Human Rights

America: the country that rejoices in killing and torture

A few days back, there was a report in newspapers about the “most dangerous countries” of the world, and as the report was based on the “researches” carried out by the Western organizations, you can expect what these reports would tell: that Muslim countries particularly those in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the most dangerous countries of the world.
I feel nauseated with the kind of malicious propaganda and distortion of facts the Western agencies and the media indulge in. They form the criteria of their own to judge the nations, ideologies and communities, and these criteria are so selective that they hide more than they reveal. The aim is single fold: to paint Western countries as the civilized, peace loving nations and to paint Muslim countries as dangerous and barbaric. In absence of an alternative media of any stature, these reports circulate fast throughout the world and the humanity is hoodwinked into believing what is nothing but blatant falsehood.
As I have been repeatedly arguing the categorization of violence has become so inhuman that it is done not on the basis of the magnitude of the violence but purely on the ground of the ideology and nationality of the perpetrators and the victims.  
If however, a comprehensive methodology is adopted in determining the extent of violence, the results will put America and Western countries at the top of all the tables. The violence within these countries and the violence directly caused by them in other countries is so huge that violence related to “terrorism” pales into total insignificance. To sum up
  1. America and Western countries are almost on the top of the total number of murderous assaults as well as the murders per 10000 population in their countries;
  2. They are also on top of rapes and attempts to rape;
  3. They are also among the countries with maximum rates of suicides;
  4. They are also the leaders in the numbers of the induced abortions which kill not millions but tens of millions of humans-in-making.
  5. They are responsible for most of the deaths in wars in the last century as well in the last 15 years, with more than 2 million innocent deaths, mostly Muslims, caused by their wars;
  6. They have also been behind most of the civil wars against the rulers considered unacceptable by them, and the attacks by the rebels are never counted as “terrorist” attacks.

The bias shown towards the Black is well known, and the recent killing of a Black boy by Police and the subsequent verdicts absolving the policeman of the charge of murder has already led to continuing country-wide protests. The riots have been still continuing in many cities.

At the top of these, now the US Torture Report has proved how ruthlessly inhuman their agencies can be in dealing with the people they do not like. Here are 16 horrifying facts about the recently released report, as reported in an online portal:

“1. A prisoner froze to death after being made to sit on a concrete floor without pants.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

2. A CIA prison site known as COBALT was described as a "dungeon" and detainees were shackled with "only a bucket to use for human waste." 

Prisoners would be disrobed and restrained with "mylar tape, then "walked around naked" and "hooded ... while being slapped and punched."
Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

3. Federal Bureau of Prisons staff were "WOW'ed" by the depravity of the COBALT prison.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

4. Torture tactics caused detainees to develop psychosis, leading to hallucinations, paranoia and attempts to self-mutilate.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

5. Five prisoners were subjected to "rectal rehydration" or "rectal feeding."

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
One detainee was eventually "diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapse," symptoms normally associated with a violent rape.

6. Buried in the footnotes, the report mentions that an officer played "Russian Roulette" with a prisoner.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

7. Detainees were made to stand in "stress positions" on broken bones and prosthetic limbs.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

8. The waterboarding of a prized prisoner devolved into a "series of near drownings."

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
"Waterboard" is mentioned 275 times in the report, which is technically just a "summary" of the official, classified report.

9. On at least two occasions, the CIA conducted "mock executions" of prisoners.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

10. Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was deeply involved in evaluating the use of waterboarding and "staged burial."

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

11. The CIA manipulated the press and ignored when classified material that supported their torture policies was published.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

12. Former CIA director Michael Hayden repeatedly misled Congress about the degree and extent of the torture.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

13. A prisoner was tortured for months based on a false accusation made under duress by another prisoner.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
On multiple occasions, CIA agents reported that Janat Gul knew nothing of the alleged "pre-election threat." But they were repeatedly told to continue their interrogations, including a "47-hour session of standing sleep deprivation," which over time caused him to hallucinate, seeing "his wife and children in the mirror" and "[hearing] their voices in the white noise."

14. Sleep deprivation led a detainee to hallucinate "dogs mauling and killing his sons."

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

15. CIA interrogators got tired of torturing one leading al-Qaida figure, so they took a 47-day vacation.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

16. Torture did not provide the information that led to the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan that resulted in his death.

Source: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
The architects: Former Vice President Dick Cheney told the New York Times on Monday night that criticism of the barbaric program was "a bunch of hooey." The use of torture, he said, was "totally justified." Bush told CNN on Sunday that the men and women who carried out the interrogations were "patriots."”
A few days back, while commenting on Pope Francis’ statement on “terrorism”, I had said:
“Pope should have better said that every act of violence and innocent death, whoever is the victim, whoever the culprit, wherever the place, whatever the time, whatever the method and whatever the motive should be condemned by the whole world. He should have recognized the fact that the genesis of terrorism has several factors, and one major factor is the role of West in Muslim countries, their support to brutal regimes in the region, and the deaths caused by Western forces in the Islamic world.”
Now, I ask the world: Can there be any country more dangerous than America? Can there be any block more inhuman than the West? The “barbarism” of ISIS too looks humane in the face of the brutalities of the American State.
Let’s learn to understand violence without bias, and let’s try to eradicate every single category of violence, with the emphasis and efforts being proportional to the magnitude of each kind of violence!
Dr Javed Jamil is India based thinker and writer with over a dozen books including his latest, “Quranic Paradigms of Sciences & Society” (First Vol: Health), “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map”. Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. He can be contacted at . For his shayri visit

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