Seymour Hersy, interviewed on Democracy Now:
He goes to the base, goes and takes a look. He sees two men easily 80 years old, living in their own excrement bound in a jail, in a pen.
There’s absolutely no differentiation among those who are people who wanted to do something, conspired against America or were al Qaeda members, and those who are simply people just caught up in the American sweeps.
So, what you have, if you want it talk about how Abu Ghraib began, what you have is a attitude that these people are not humans. Dehumanization. We do that more all the time, but you also have an attitude that it doesn’t matter what you do.
It’s a crime against humanity, it’s a crime against the Geneva Convention, and of course, it’s also dangerous in a rational world to the presidency itself. Because if you don’t inflict values at the very beginning, you do end up down the road with the kind of abuses we had.