Last January, an online magazine, Corrections.com, run an interview with Mr
Lane Mc Cotter who proudly announced that the Iraqi prison was "the only
place we agreed as a team was truly closest to an American prison".
Who is Mc Cotter? He was head of Department of Corrections in Utah when, in
1997, a prisoner named Michael Valent, who was diagnosed with schizofrenia,
died after being tied to a 'restraining chair' for sixteen hours. The
American Civil Liberties Union executive director admitted that the immediate
thought that came to her mind upon seeing the chair was 'torture'. Mc Cotter
resigned in the subsequent scandal and went into the private sector of
prisons only to... yep, you guessed - to reappear in Abu Ghraib amidst the
recent torture horror.
I repeat what he said about the place: "the only place we agreed as a team
was truly closest to an American prison".
Abu Ghraib is not an abberration. It is an American norm. And I am pretty
sure that there are more of the similarly sickening revelations to come. From
other places, other countries.
There was a time when the popular saying had it that god created the earth
and humans but had to create the British to run the bloody place.
Today we have the Amercans doing god's job.
I am beginning to hate that guy.