The out fall from WikiLeaks documents continues to impact the American government. The Guardian in England had its staff do an analysis of over 40,000 documents which led them to conclude there is massive evidence of torture and abuse of prisoners by the Iraq army as well as possible by American units. “The logs show how US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and murder by Iraq police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and generally unpunished,” according to the newspaper. UN officials have called on the Obama administration to investigate these allegations and failure to do so will present an image of America as a nation which condemns torture abroad but fails to do anything when it is involved in such behavior. Manfred Nowak, the UN investigator of torture emphasized that Obama has a moral obligation to hand over to authorities anyone who may be subject to torture. Failure to act in this manner would constitute violation of Article 3 of the UN convention.
Barack Obama has adopted an attitude that any investigation of what transpired under the administration of George Bush would be “divisive” and tear apart the country. He probably fears arousing anger among Republicans in Congress. This attitude is all too familiar to anyone who lived during the era when segregation was challenged in America. Those who pursue segregation of humans or those who torture always claim to punish them is to divide the nation. The real question is whether former Constitutional professor Barack Obama will uphold the principles of the US Constitution?