Torture and Accountability

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photoThe line in the sand is clear. In 1994, the U.S. ratified a U.N. convention that said torture, by any person of any government for any reason, is illegal. Yet, since 9/11, at least 28 prisoners of war in U.S. military custody have died since 2002.

Seventeen U.S. soldiers involved in the murder of three prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be prosecuted. There are also allegations the U.S. is shipping its prisoners of war to countries that have no respect for human rights.

Though the prisoner abuse scandal is toxic for America's image in the Arab world, the buck has stopped long before reaching the upper echelons of the Bush administration. Low-level soldiers are being charged and imprisoned but policy makers and leaders are not.

Hear a discussion on who should be held accountable when prisoners in American custody are tortured and killed .


Mark Danner, author of "Torture or Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror," professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and a staff writer for the New Yorker Magazine

John Hutson, President and Dean of Franklin Pierce Law School, former Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Navy

Gary Solis, Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served 26 years in the Marines, author of "Marines and Military Law in Vietnam: Trial by Fire."

This program aired on March 29, 2005.


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