Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Impeach Gonzales

Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the United States government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Psychological and physical coercion "tantamount to torture." "Tantamount to torture" = torture. Think of this. The United States of America, global torturer. My God, how will the B*sh cartel pay for this? They have to. All those moms and dads in Iowa and Nebraska waving their flags and loving their kids and sending them off to war with more waving flags and tears of love, will they hate B*shCo. for putting their kids in greater peril? Do they understand what this means to our moral standing, our reputation, our safety around the world? The US of A, global torturer. It's too much to bear. Back when the CIA did this as part of their covert ops and we normal folks merely suspected it, got a frisson of fear listening to Jack Nicholson bellow, 'You can't handle the truth!' in a movie, knowing we couldn't handle the truth, because it is this ugly, this devastating, and, ultimately, ruinous, we could at least pretend we didn't know what we knew. The time of pretending is over now, babies.

And though there are so many other problems, so many shameful wrongs presented, I can't help but wonder why there is not one mention of Alberto Gonzales in the entire f*cking article. And this, this from the so-called Paper of Record! How? Could the authors and editors possibly not know that Alberto Gonzales was instrumental in parsing the definition of torture for these jackals, trimming and twisting it until it was the desired transparency, a see-through policy reflecting B*sh's power to render it irrelevant, because this was "terror," after all. Gonzales, who led us directly down the sheer cliff drop of moral terpitude into the present day conditions at Gitmo, merits nary a mention? What does the NY Times have invested in this that they cannot call out an (im)moral relativist lackey like Gonzales by name. They say everything but his name. Four separate times they make mention of the memoranda --
In February 2002, President Bush ordered that the prisoners at Guantánamo be treated "humanely and, to the extent appropriate with military necessity, in a manner consistent with" the Geneva Conventions. That statement masked a roiling legal discussion within the administration as government lawyers wrote a series of memorandums, many of which seemed to justify harsh and coercive treatment.

A month after Mr. Bush's public statement, a team of administration lawyers accepted a view first advocated by the Justice Department that the president had wide powers in authorizing coercive treatment of detainees. The legal team in a memorandum concluded that Mr. Bush was not bound by either the international Convention Against Torture or a federal antitorture statute because he had the authority to protect the nation from terrorism.

That document provides tightly constructed definitions of torture. For example, if an interrogator "knows that severe pain will result from his actions, if causing such harm is not his objective, he lacks the requisite specific intent even though the defendant did not act in good faith," it said. "Instead, a defendant is guilty of torture only if he acts with the express purpose of inflicting severe pain or suffering on a person within his control."

When some administration memorandums about coercive treatment or torture were disclosed, the White House said they were only advisory.

"Government lawyers," "administration lawyers," "legal team," "some administration memorandums." I hate the Times. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them.

And I think I may run for Congress if only to have the chance to introduce a bill making it a law that anytime anyone said Donald Rumsfeld's name they would have to spit and curse him, employing at least two of the following modifiers: donkeyf*cking syphillitic decrepit old motherf*cking depraved logorrheaic prick (may he burn in Hell).
Dissents and Laments


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch, don't be a Rumsfield hater!

10:08 AM  

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