Sunday, January 22, 2006

Army jury to decide if torture and murder are okay

FORT CARSON, Colo. (Reuters) - A jury of six U.S. Army officers began deliberations on Saturday in the court-martial of an Army officer charged with murdering an Iraqi general during an interrogation, using techniques that the prosecutor described as torture.

Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. is accused of suffocating Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush by placing him head-first in a sleeping bag while covering his mouth and sitting on his chest during an interrogation in Iraq in November 2003. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutor Maj. Tiernan Dolan told the jury of Army officers that Welshofer knew his interrogation techniques were dangerous and described them as "torture."

"If we don't hold the high ground in a country like Iraq, we don't hold it anywhere. Chief Welshofer failed in his duty to uphold the Geneva Convention," Dolan said in his closing argument.

Why christians should care:

I can't seem to find anything in my Bible saying Jesus encouraged people to torture and murder their enemies out of blind obedience to a king, and then justify it because the king claims he was put in power by Jesus' dad.

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