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Video: UK army abuse of Iraqi civilians 5, November 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iraq, UK.
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The following video is taken from The Guardian website. They describe its content as the UK’s ‘Guantanamo’.

As unpopular as this may well be, I wholly do not class shouting at a prisoner as abuse. The development of this kind of ethos, however, can be dangerous. Arguably the death of the man in UK custody whose case prompted the release of these videos is a case in point.

Much as with Godwin’s Law, I feel that we need to be much more careful with the use of the word torture than we currently are. I believe that I know what torture is – like pornography – when I see it. I am sure that lawyers can argue that according to various conventions this is an example of torture, but for me it is not.

Describing these activities as torture demeans what purportedly happens in jails in Egypt (the black house), Syria, Iran, North Korea etc.