Well, even if the U.S. doesn't define the treatment of prisoners (ahem... detainees) at Guantanamo Bay as torture, it continues to appear that the rest of the world sees things differently. A draft report of a U.N. investigation came to light Monday which concluded that the U.S. has engaged in acts of torture at Gunatanamo Bay. The report included accusations that the U.S. had denied Gunatanamo prisoners their rights to fair trial, freedom of religion, and health. The report recommend the closing of the Guantanamo base and a revocation of all "special interrogation techniques" currently authorized by the Department of Defense.
The U.S. rejected the report, claiming that the primary flaw with its logic was that it failed to recognize the fact that Guantanamo Bay is a wartime facility, subject to wartime laws and rules rather than peacetime human rights laws.
Steanso has expressed this opinion before, but he thinks that it bears repeating. The so-called War on Terror is not a war in the traditional sense of the word. It didn't have a discernible beginning, and it isn't going to have a discernible end. The War on Terror isn't like Vietnam or World War II. It's more like the War on Drugs or the War on Crime. The War on Terror is a campaing meant to bring about the abatement of a certain type of behavior. Americans seem to have forgotten that Muslims aren't the only ones capable of committing acts of terror (remember Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City? The guy considered himself a patriot, for crying out loud...).
Anyway, are we supposed to accept the fact that our government is going to run prisons that are devoid of civil rights so long as there are people in the world who are willing to employ terrorism? I don't get it.