Police intervened during a torture protest at the Ohio State Courthouse Saturday to stop a man being voluntarily waterboarded.
Taking part in the “Global Day of Action Against Torture,” freelance journalist Justin King became one of two people to be waterboarded in near freezing weather.
“The summary of the torture report was released, and the dutiful US media did everything it could to change the story,” King wrote in the Anti-Media. “The reasoning behind this was simple: it was in the best interest of the United States government to conceal the fact that 1 out of 4 people that were sodomized, waterboarded, or otherwise tortured by the US government were completely innocent.”
Following the voluntary waterboarding of a local activist named Zach, King laid at the base of the court’s “peace” statue to begin his simulated drowning.
As King struggled to breath, police approached the scene and immediately began demanding an end to the protest.
“Then suddenly somebody was pulling me up by my arm,” King said. “I still had water in my mouth and nose when I realized it was an Ohio State Police officer.”
According to the officer, King’s life was being put in danger by the so-called “enhanced interrogation.”
“I believe that his life may be put in danger and that’s where it ends!” the officer stated.
The officer’s comment, drenched in irony, immediately struck a cord with protesters.
“A normal human being seeing this knows that this is dangerous and harmful, yet our government continues to claim that it is not torture,” King said.
Aside from producing false intelligence, torture has also been found to endanger U.S. troops.
“I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo,” military veteran Matthew Alexander wrote in the Washington Post. “It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse.”
Former Army Major General Antonio Taguba broke down the Army’s findings during an interview with The Telegraph in 2009.
“At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee,” the article states. “Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.”
“Among the graphic statements, which were later released under US freedom of information laws, is that of Kasim Mehaddi Hilas in which he says: ‘I saw [name of a translator] ******* a kid, his age would be about 15 to 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [name] who was wearing the military uniform, putting his **** in the little kid’s ***…. and the female soldier was taking pictures.’”