New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II ~ Luke Whelan, Mother Jones, Wed Dec. 17, 2014.
When Japanese soldiers did it to GIs, the United States prosecuted them for war crimes.
Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States charged hundreds of Japanese military officials and prison guards with war crimes for abuses against American prisoners of war, including waterboarding.
“What the US was calling torture, what it was prosecuting as war crimes [during World War II] were not even close to what has come out in the torture report,” says Shanti Sattler, assistant director at the War Crimes Project at the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of…
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