Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Cheney Endorses Torture, Nixes Geneva Conventions


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Cheney once again claims America doesn't have to obey the Geneva Conventions concerning torture. Meanwhile, he tries to get away with breaking American laws with impunity. Ditto his puppet, Bush. Arrest Cheney. Arrest Bush.

From the NYT:
The Bush administration is embroiled in a sharp internal debate over whether a new set of Defense Department standards for handling terror suspects should adopt language from the Geneva Conventions prohibiting "cruel," "humiliating" and "degrading" treatment, administration officials say.

Advocates of that approach, who include some Defense and State Department officials and senior military lawyers, contend that moving the military's detention policies closer to international law would prevent further abuses and build support overseas for the fight against Islamic extremists, officials said.

Their opponents, who include aides to Vice President Dick Cheney and some senior Pentagon officials, have argued strongly that the proposed language is vague, would tie the government's hands in combating terrorists and still would not satisfy America's critics, officials said.
Um, hate to tell the fascists running and ruining America this news, but the entire point of the Geneva Conventions WAS to "tie their hands." Namely, it makes doing whatever one wants to prisoners illegal as all hell.

Period. Anyone doubts this, read the Nuremburg Trial charges!

From Yahoo news:
Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects.

Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference that prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were staging a hunger strike that began in early August as a successful ploy to attract media attention.

The three U.N. investigators, including one who focuses on torture, said on Monday they would turn down an invitation extended by the Pentagon on Friday to visit Guantanamo unless they were permitted to interview the detainees. The invitation came nearly four years after the visits were first requested.
This is ridiculous. We tried to use the UN as cover for our illicit wars and now we don't want them involved in how we handle ourselves. Absurd. I remember Herr Bushler going to the UN and promising the Palestinians a state....Where, pray tell, is that?....And asking the UN to endorse and support our war against the Taliban and bin Laden.

Now we want them to butt out?

Diesen alles ist ganz schrecklich. Veileicht ich muss deutsche hier schreiben, nicht englishe. My German is very rusty so I better buff it up so I can write properly about our lovely fascists here in America.
The behind-the-scenes debate over the Pentagon directive comes more than three years after President Bush decided that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to the fight against terrorism. It mirrors a public battle between the Bush administration and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who is pressing a separate legislative effort to ban the "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of any detainee in United States custody.

After a 90-to-9 vote in the Senate last month in favor of Mr. McCain's amendment to a $445 billion defense spending bill, the White House moved to exempt clandestine C.I.A. activities from the provision. A House-Senate conference committee is expected to consider the issue this week.
So once again, the secretive CIA is used as cover to commit crimes against humanity. Why not call it "Gestapo" except perhaps more appropriately, rename it "Mossad" and get over the fiction that we are Americans anymore anyway. Sieg heil, everyone!
A central player in the fight over the directive is David S. Addington, who was the vice president's counsel until he was named on Monday to succeed I. Lewis Libby Jr. as Mr. Cheney's chief of staff. According to several officials, Mr. Addington verbally assailed a Pentagon aide who was called to brief him and Mr. Libby on the draft, objecting to its use of language drawn from Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

"He left bruised and bloody," one Defense Department official said of the Pentagon aide, Matthew C. Waxman, Mr. Rumsfeld's chief adviser on detainee issues. "He tried to champion Article 3, and Addington just ate him for lunch."
Maybe Mr. Addington could meet me in a dark alley somewhere. I can show him truly astonishing debate techniques. Indeed, I would happily hogtie him and haul him to the Hague to be keelhauled legally. Arrest this fascist man! Arrest them all!

Why did the unnamed chicken who is "protecting" America so easily "bloodied"? I suspect he wears a uniform. I thought, silly me, that we want brave men and women protecting us, not timid mice who shudder with fear when facing a raging neo Nazi in the Pentagon! Shame on you, whoever you are! Come out into the public and speak up, loudly! Yell, even! So what if you lose your damn job? Some in Germany defied Hitler! He even killed them! But they did it!

Not enough of them, though, which is why we had the god damned Nuremburg Trials. They were told in no uncertain terms that allowing or enabling or promoting torture and murder and illegal wars was a crime worthy of execution.

Arrest Rumsfeld. Arrest Addington. Arrest Bush. Arrest Cheney. Put them on trial.

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