Guantanamo Inspires ISIS Atrocities

Blowback from U.S. Torture

We noted in December that ISIS is putting hostages in orange jumpsuits because the U.S. put tortured Guantanamo detainees in orange jumpsuits.

Today, Reuters confirms:

A top U.S. defense official said it was “no coincidence” that recent Islamic State videos of the savage executions of Jordanian and Japanese hostages showed the victims wearing orange jumpsuits, “believed by many to be the symbol of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.”

Brian McKeon, principal undersecretary of defense for policy, made that point in prepared testimony for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday on the controversial facility.

He said President Barack Obama and his national security team all believe the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center “is used by violent extremists to incite local populations,” McKeon said.

And because the U.S. waterboarded Arab detainees, ISIS is waterboarding Western hostages.

Indeed, bad U.S. policy largely led to the creation of ISIS in the first place.

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