In response to complaints about the torture and killing of detainees on the part of the US military, you'll often hear the same excuse: "The difference between the US and Saddam is that we punish those who mistreat prisoners."
Well, sorta kinda:
Two-thirds of US detainee killings 'go unpunished'
In only 12 of 34 cases has anyone been punished for the confirmed or suspected killings of US-held detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a US human rights group reported today.
The steepest sentence for any American soldier linked to a torture-related death has been five months in jail, said Human Rights First.
Beyond those cases, in almost half of 98 known detainee deaths since 2002 the cause was either never announced or reported as undetermined, the New York-based group said.