Monday, December 27, 2004

War Crimes

Via Infinite Stitch ( http://stitch.blogs.com/the_infinite_stitch/)

War crimes is right.

All those documents about prisoner abuse the ACLU sued to get released are revealing horrifying information:

From a NYTimes story:

F.B.I. memorandums portray abuse of prisoners by American military personnel in Iraq that included detainees' being beaten and choked and having lit cigarettes placed in their ears, according to newly released government documents.

Links:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A20986-2004Dec22?language=printer

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/21/politics/21abuse.html?pagewanted=print&position=

It’s about time the media started reporting some of this.

But notice (a) how it got reported – the ACLU had to sue to get the data released (yes, that ACLU, the evil folks who are always trying to force Americans to watch child pornography and not believe in Jesus) and (b) look where it’s being published – on the back pages on newspapers, in editorials, little bitty stories. Bill O’Reilly’s not talking about this, now is he? Faux News ain’t covering this story. And (c) what’s going to happen because of it?

Nothing, I’m willing to bet.

From the Washington Post editorial:

[T}he documents also confirm that interrogators at Guantanamo believed they were following orders from Mr. Rumsfeld. One FBI agent reported on May 10 about a conversation he had with Guantanamo's commander, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who defended the use of interrogation techniques the FBI regarded as illegal on the grounds that the military "has their marching orders from the Sec Def." Gen. Miller has testified under oath that dogs were never used to intimidate prisoners at Guantanamo, as authorized by Mr. Rumsfeld in December 2002; the FBI papers show otherwise.
The Bush administration refused to release these records to the human rights groups under the Freedom of Information Act until it was ordered to do so by a judge.


Do y’all remember, oh, it wasn’t that long ago? Bunch of people in the country got all hysterical about some guy getting a blowjob and then shading the truth about it under oath, for whatever reason? Saying we ought to impeach a president over something as Serious as That?

Course, that’s a lot more serious than, you know, torturing prisoners, about 80 percent of them wholly innocent, some of them slap to death.

And then lying about that.

Heavens yes.

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