Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Not serious

How serious is the US government about properly punishing those "bad apples" who commit torture? Not very, it seems. In June, Andrew Sting was sentenced to a year in jail and a bad-conduct discharge after pleading guilty to charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, dereliction of duty, and conspiracy to assault. He had applied electric shocks to a prisoner in his care. Yesterday, he was granted clemency, and will rejoin his unit. Total penalty for electroshock torture: four months. He wasn't even thrown out of the military. Do we really need any more evidence that the US isn't serious about properly punishing it's soldier's misdeeds?