This week Mr. Bush got his way and signed the new charter for torture, The Military Commissions Act of 2006. It will allow the CIA to explore new interrogation techniques without the fear of its operatives becoming war criminals.
I wonder as corporate business becomes more and more involved in ‘anti-terror’ activity whether there is not a new opportunity for them here? Every day animals from cats to primates are subjected to painful experiment for cosmetic houses and drug companies. Presumably thereâ€™s good money in the unreliable results of testing products for humans on animals. But if you really want to know what happens when you squirt hairspray in the eye repeatedly what better than a dark almond shaped human one? Why waste years on animal drug testing when you can jump straight to human trials?
What’s frightening is that the idea is not new. It’s been tried and tested by despotic regimes over the years. Inflicting pain and misery on human or animal for the purpose of extracting untrustworthy information must be wrong but our governments now count both safe legally.
Though there have undoubtedly been dirty marks on our histories from abuse of military personnel to ethnic groups our legal systems have never sanctioned such activities. The safeguards fought for and defended over generations have eventually prevailed. The decision taken by the US government this week will surely come to bear on the policies and laws of it’s allies until conformity of government is uniform in it’s disregard for it’s subjects – until punishment before trial and conviction is acceptable – until spiteful malice is standard practice in generating unreliable evidence â€“ until we all become â€˜tested.â€™