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12.05.2005
  Real torture, not a sub-70 degree room
Ahmed Hassan Mohammed, a resident of Dujail, told the court how he and others -- including women and children -- were rounded up and transported to intelligence headquarters in Baghdad, where they were tortured. The women, including young girls, were raped, sometimes before the eyes of the men, he said.

He named his torturers and their relations to the defendants on trial and graphically and tearfully described what he saw.

Of one man, Mohammed said: "They broke him. Broke his arm, his leg. This is during torture. They also shot at his foot, all of that during interrogation. He died under torture. They broke all his body parts."

The Saddam Hussein trial finally enters the phase of hearing witness testimony. When some are so quick to be outraged at reports of 'torture' by America and to label as torture anything different from a domestic minimum security prison, we can finally see what real torture is. The whole use of the word 'torture' in the debate about how we treat terrorists merely cheapens the word. It might make liberals happy to toss that word around baselessly, but it is a grave insult to Ahmed Hassan Mohammed.
 
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