Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Friday, March 11, 2005

Torture and the Moral GOP's Reaction

Hi Everyone,

Two documents were released yesterday. In the one the US press covered most,the Pentagon released a report
clearing itself of any wrong doing in the Abu Gharib abuse scandal. The report also clears senior political appointees in the Pentagon and the White House of any wrong doing. But since the officers who put the report together were ordered not to investigate "up the chain of command" just "down the chain of command" its not surprising this investigation let Rummy and Gonzalez et al off the hook. To their credit, Democrats weren't buying it.

Unfortunately, since the Democrats are not in the majority in either house of Congress, no serious investigation will take place.
Sen. Jim Talent (R-Missouri) said, "If our guys want to poke somebody in the chest to get the name of a bomb maker so they can save the lives of Americans, I'm for it...I don't need an investigation to tell me that there was no comprehensive or systematic use of inhumane tactics by the American military, because those guys and gals just wouldn't do it." So which it GOP? Did it never happen or do you not care!? The level of moral depravity among the Republican establishment is just outrageous!

Of course most of the US press has not yet picked up on the other document that was released yesterday. These are
internal reports about prisoner abuse throughout the world that the ACLU got released through the Freedom of Information Act (the ACLU got this instead of the so called "4th Estate" because we have witnessed the death of investigative journalism in America and abroad). These reports detail patterns of abuse in numerous prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the latest outrage is the revelation that children as young as 8 to 12 years old were held at Abu Gharib. But the Pentagon promises that none of the children were abused...begging the question of whether it is a form of abuse to detain children as "enemy combatants" and house them in the same facility with adults who are being abused. In the reports, Brig. Gen. Karpinski, the commandant of Abu Gharib (who, by the way, was not interviewed for the above mentioned Pentagon report), is quoted as saying, "I don't care if we're holding 15,000 innocent civilians,...We're winning the war."

Comments? Outrage?

4 comments:

US West said...
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US West said...

Outrage? I am beyond that. On one hand I am outraged, on the other I am not surprsied. Did anyone honestly think that this Administration would ever take responsibility for anything? Have they ever admitted a mistake or a wrong doing? At least Clinton took the fall for himself. These self-righteous guys let everyone else take the fall while they stand tall behind the White House gates. I had better stop before this turns into a rant rather than something of substance

US West said...

Outrage? I am beyond that. On one hand I am outraged, on the other I am not surprsied. Did anyone honestly think that this Administration would ever take responsibility for anything? Have they ever admitted a mistake or a wrong doing? At least Clinton took the fall for himself. These self-righteous guys let everyone else take the fall while they stand tall behind the White House gates. I had better stop before this turns into a rant rather than something of substance

Dr. Strangelove said...

If you read the description of the "report" that "cleared" top officials, you will find that it was merely a review and summary of the 150+ pentagon self-investigations by one guy. It was not a new inevstigation. the "release" of this "report" was pure propaganda, intended to bury the real news story: the damning new documents ACLU recovered that RxR refers to.