Global Dialogue, Vol. 12, 2010
10 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2009 Last revised: 22 Mar 2010
Date Written: November 13, 2009
This Essay focuses on faith-based torture perpetrated against Muslim detainees, torture that was crudely designed, only minimally seeking security-sensitive information. However, anti-Islamic torture - which has profoundly offended Muslim communities throughout the world - reaffirms the dark side of U.S. government policies that periodically single out populations, domestic and foreign, and subject them to cruelty. This dark side is evidenced by the degradation of Native Americans, enslavement of Western Africans, internment of Japanese-Americans, and slaughtering of the Vietnamese. More specifically, anti-Islamic torture has undermined what were sincere and substantial efforts of many American institutions to promote religious freedom at home and abroad. Today, indignant American citizens and organizations are seeking to prosecute lawyers and politicians who designed and endorsed torture, partly because torture policies have soiled the honor of the U.S. as a beacon of liberty.
Keywords: faith-based torture, vicarious torture, Islamic faith, Muslim militants, detainees, human rights, detention camps, torture, CIA secret prisons, Guantanamo
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