Republican Leader Defends Torture

2 June 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Trent Lott Defends U.S. Actions in Abu Ghraib
Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi has defended some of the interrogation tactics used by the U.S. in Iraq that have been condemned by human rights groups around the world. During an interview with a Jackson Mississippi TV station, the former Senate Majority leader said there is “nothing wrong with holding a dog up there, unless the dog ate him.” Later when the news anchorman noted that a prisoner died at Abu Ghraib, apparently after a beating, Lott responded, “This is not Sunday school; this is interrogation; this is rough stuff.” While the Red Cross has estimated that up to 90 percent of the prisoners held in Iraq should not be in jail because they are innocent, Lott had a different take. He said some of the prisoners “should not have been prisoners in the first place, [they] probably should have been killed.”

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