On the surface, this would seem like a just event. In a lot of ways it is. Those who commit crimes like this, as well as those who allow them, should be held accountable. For America to take him to trial is hypocrisy.
Though, for the most part, only lower enlisted personnel were charged, America committed torture in Iraq. More than likely it was accepted policy. Whether approved by official channels or not. It happened, there's no doubt.
Members of the military are at the present time being investigated in Afghanistan for torture and desecration of remains. Several months ago a civilian bounty hunter, who claimed to be connected with the CIA, was charged with torture there as well.
The United States has made it a habit of sending people to countries that allow torture during investigations. In this way it believes that this relinquishes the government from any responsibility. It does not! When someone is snatched off the street of one country and sent to another to be tortured in your name, you are responsible.
Currently the administration is trying to convince Congress to allow torture by CIA agents. At present they are only allowed to observe, while it's committed in our name.
This is another step in the wrong direction for America. The world already screams that we are two-faced. They claim that we make rules for others, but don't follow them ourselves. This is becoming more true everyday.
The United States is opposed to our troops being tried in the World Court for crimes they commit overseas. The excuse that is given is that we will try them ourselves. To put it simply, we don't. Yes, we may charge a few non-coms and a reserve officer or two. We don't charge the people that are at the root of it, though. The people who allow it.