[Marxism] American Empire of Torture

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sun May 16 16:44:19 MDT 2004

His daring foot is on land and sea everywhere, he colonizes the 
Pacific, the archipelagoes,
With the steamship, the electric telegraph, the newspaper, the 
wholesale engines of war,
With these and the world-spreading factories he interlinks all 
geography, all lands;
What whispers are these, O lands, running ahead of you, passing under the seas?
-- Walt Whitman, "Years of the Modern," Leaves of Grass, 1891-92, p. 371

Among the "phantoms, / unborn deeds, things soon to be" that filled 
"the space ahead" in the "Years of the Modern" (Whitman, p. 371) -- 
the space which Walt Whitman, the ever-optimistic poet of empire of 
democracy, could not fathom -- is "a worldwide constellation of 
detention centers" (Dana Priest and Joe Stephens, "Secret World of 
U.S. Interrogation: Long History of Tactics in Overseas Prisons Is 
Coming to Light," Washington Post, May 11, 2004, p. A01), a dark 
underside of "that force advancing with irresistible power on the 
world's / stage . . ." (Whitman, p. 370):

In Afghanistan, the CIA's secret U.S. interrogation center in Kabul 
is known as "The Pit," named for its despairing conditions. In Iraq, 
the most important prisoners are kept in a huge hangar near the 
runway at Baghdad International Airport, say U.S. government 
officials, counterterrorism experts and others. In Qatar, U.S. forces 
have been ferrying some Iraqi prisoners to a remote jail on the 
gigantic U.S. air base in the desert.

The Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where a unit of U.S. soldiers abused 
prisoners, is just the largest and suddenly most notorious in a 
worldwide constellation of detention centers -- many of them secret 
and all off-limits to public scrutiny -- that the U.S. military and 
CIA have operated in the name of counterterrorism or 
counterinsurgency operations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. . . .

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