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US has no intention of stopping torture: Analyst

This file photo shows US guards transferring a Guantanamo detainee at the prison.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Steven Kelley, a former CIA/NSA contractor, in Los Angeles, about the US Senate voting against different forms of torture, referred to as “enhanced interrogation techniques,” against inmates jailed on charges of “terrorism.”

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Well, do you think that we are on our way to seeing the end of torture being used?

Kelley: Absolutely not. Certainly, this law that is going through the Senate and the House right now is a feel-good measure designed to tell the voters and the American public and the rest of the world that these people are not monsters, but they are monsters. This is only meant to hide the facts.

Clearly, they have no intention of ever stopping the torture; and I would say, if anything, this just means unlike what is going on in Guantanamo right now, the individuals that are receiving the torture will never be released because it was them being released and reporting back what they had gone through that was the source of these revelations in the first place. So, you can guarantee now that anybody that is being tortured will never be released or will be executed.

Press TV: So why the move in general? Why do you think we are seeing the Senate – actually saw them – vote on this measure if it really does not mean anything?

Kelley: It is a PR stunt to make these people look like something other than what they are, which I said is monsters. Yes, they are very evil people and the American people I think are generally by and large conscientious and good people who would never accept this and to be honest with you, when I was growing up we all went on the assumption that this was already illegal and it was something that we did not do.

So, it is a rude awakening for all of us to realize that, yes, indeed we have been doing this, we have probably been always doing it and anything they say now is just another lie. They will continue to do it.


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