American Soldiers and Torture

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reporter Joshua Phillips discusses how American veterans have been psychologically scarred by their abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners. 

In None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, he investigates how and why U.S. forces came to use torture. Phillips reveals that the damaging legacy of torture is borne not only by the detainees, but also by American soldiers and the country to which they’ve returned.


Joshua Phillips

Comments [8]

Finious from Canada

This is no surprise at all as the British army has a long historical tradition of manifesting subhuman behaviour towards its victims – in every country it invaded. But back home – the stiff upper lip of gentlemen farts deny all knowledge, pleading bringing civilisation and democracy wherever it goes, just like the hypocritical Yanks today. It is all about destruction, subjugation, power and control for profit, nothing else. And who is at the back of it all? The conscienceless heartless international banksters who have no souls, whose God is the Reptilian Grand Puppetmaster, God of abject evil, present controller of planet Earth.
Our leaders are liars, psychopaths, fraudsters, and mass murderers, committing crimes against humanity, who each work to covert agendas against the best interests of the people. But the tides are turning against them, people are awakening. We are approaching the time when the psychopathic leaders will be deposed.

Nov. 07 2010 10:50 PM

Poor babies! I'm so sick of hearing about how US troops are scarred after coming home from their various illegal wars. What about the effects on the traumatized mothers, fathers, grandparents and kids whose families were murdered by US soldiers. What about the countries that you reduce to rubble. You don't tend to hear about them. They don't "speak American" so they don't matter.

Nov. 06 2010 08:13 PM

Two things - for all vets -

You can watch the documentary online. It is amazing how much help these therapists are able to give, but they say they need the therapy themselves to cope with the effects of treating trauma. But this is great for trauma, I can say this as one diagnosed with PTSD decades ago.

Didn't the Nazi's have trouble with their torturers committing suicide?

Doesn't Temple Grandin advise rotating people out of slaughterhouse activities because it destroys them?

Jun. 15 2010 01:36 PM

Your guest's statement that it was the situation and not the person is right on target. Social psychology generally accepts the truth of this. For anyone who doubts it, I recommend reading the the Zimbardo prison study, which is the classic research on the topic..

Jun. 15 2010 12:36 PM
Sally from UES

Is it not torture to have authorized soldier's torturing in the first place? Look at what torturing has done to these people. What kind of recourse do they have? Shouldn't someone be held accountable for their torture?

Jun. 15 2010 12:33 PM

Has looked into such activity in previous wars?

Jun. 15 2010 12:32 PM

Sobering to contrast the ordeal of the soldier Joshua Phillips describes with the likes of Erik Prince of Blackwater — someone who shows every sign of enjoying brutalizing treatment of human beings.

Jun. 15 2010 12:16 PM
Nick from Inwood NYC

Hmmm, perhaps a good start would be:

testifying in prosecutions and trials of whoever did order them to torture!??

After all, I don't think many if any in the chain of command have been held responsible... we seem to be wrapped in a willful amnesia.

For instance, where are all of the videos and photos mentioned in report prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba? Down the memory hole, apparently.

Jun. 15 2010 12:13 PM

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