Thursday, December 5, 2013

General Paul Aussaresses, one of...

...France’s top officers in the colonial war in Algeria from 1954 to 1962, died at age 95. From his obit in the Times (my emphasis):

In December 2000, General Aussaresses gave an interview to Le Monde in which he said that torture had been routine and condoned by the French leadership as the fastest way to get information about guerrilla activities.

The next year he expanded on that account with the publication of a book, “Special Services: Algeria 1955-57.” 

The book is graphic in its details. The general wrote of beating prisoners; of attaching electrodes to their ears or testicles and gradually increasing the intensity of the electrical charge; of pouring water over their faces until they either spoke or drowned. Whether a captive talked or not, he said, he usually had him executed anyway, often doing the job himself. 

I wonder if Dick Cheney will ever make a similar confession.

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