Sunday, July 31, 2005

INEXCUSABLE TORTURE

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It never seems to end. When Congressman Durbin stood in the House and denounced our gulag system for being evil, the right wingers and the media attacked him and pretended he was attacking the troops and not Federal policies put in place by the Bush team under the guise of the ill named Patriot Act.

He was cowed into retracting these words. And Newsweek had to retract the Koran desecration story even as Bush had to confirm it just one week after the media/right wing storm over what turned out to be the truth.

Now the story breaks open like a puss filled wound, yet again, on several fronts. The inner gangrene is now totally rotting our limbs and there probably will be an amputation some day. I know what to amputate!

From Newsweek
An FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago that U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law, according to a copy of the memo obtained by NEWSWEEK. The strongly worded memo, written by an FBI supervisor then assigned to Guantanamo, is the latest in a series of documents that have recently surfaced reflecting unease among some government lawyers and FBI agents over tactics being used in the war on terror. This memo appears to be the first that directly questions the legal premises of the Bush administration policy of "extraordinary rendition"—a secret program under which terror suspects are transferred to foreign countries that have been widely criticized for practicing torture.
It never ends. The CIA agents who went into Italy to kidnap a man without warrant nor any legal controls, flew him to an undisclosed location to be tortured. This has cause a serious rift in relations with Italy. Whatever information the guy had, it didn't do us any good if it alienated a good ally.
In a memo forwarded to a senior FBI lawyer on Nov. 27, 2002, a supervisory special agent from the bureau's behavioral analysis unit offered a legal analysis of interrogation techniques that had been approved by Pentagon officials for use against a high-value Qaeda detainee. After objecting to techniques such as exploiting "phobias" like "the fear of dogs" or dripping water "to induce the misperception of drowning," the agent discussed a plan to send the detainee to Jordan, Egypt or an unspecified third country for interrogation. "In as much as the intent of this category is to utilize, outside the U.S., interrogation techniques which would violate [U.S. law] if committed in the U.S., it is a per se violation of the U.S. Torture Statute," the agent wrote. "Discussing any plan which includes this category could be seen as a con-spiracy to violate [the Torture Statute]" and "would inculpate" everyone involved.
The dogs again. Over and over, the dogs. Now the pretense that the soldiers at the very bottom were out of control, having fun, disobeying orders, collapses when the dogs come into the story for not one of the soldiers had their own dogs.

All the dogs came from Gitmo. And so did their handlers. And so did their boss, the Generals in charge.

The con artists running America would rather blame the pooches rather than admit they are the criminals here. Oh, and yes, we are criminals. And just today, the Washington Post celebrated Condi for being so clever as to write UN stuff about war crimes but not signing it because she doesn't want us to be put on trial for obvious war crimes!

Way to go.

From Watching the Watchers:
By Lee Russ, Section News
Posted on Fri Jul 29, 2005 at 05:02:56 PM EST

It looks like even more U.S. authority figures are being nailed as liars. The Washington Post today includes a story with the headline The Truth About Abu Ghraib, detailing the evidence that Major General Geoffrey D. Miller lied when he testified to Congress last year that he did not recommend the use of dogs for interrogation at Abu Ghraib, and that dogs had not been used at Guantanamo (where he was formerly the commander).

Evidence form hearings at Fort Meade are described as strongly suggesting that Gen. Miller lied about his actions, and as meriting further investigation by prosecutors and Congress. The Post also reports that there is evidence that the Guantanamo commander was not acting on his own, but was initially acting under rules approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Dec. 2, 2002. After strong protests from military lawyers, the Rumsfeld standards -- which explicitly allowed nudity, the use of dogs and shackling -- were revised in April 2003. Yet the same practices were later adopted at Abu Ghraib, at least in part at the direct instigation of Gen. Miller.
Again, the dogs that doth bark at the moon.

General Miller is a war criminal. We hung Nazis and Japanese Generals who ran the notorious prison camps, you know. We were very stern about this matter. And here we are, pretending that the fighters we have trapped in this hell hole gulag system are not fighters so we can capriciously hold them and torture them until they die.

Amazing.

This is America today. Well, the Chinese are happy. We can't finger point at their gulag system, can we?

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