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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Abuse-gate?

Well, the abuse story is re-breaking...just in time for Xmas.

And to those of you who thought that the abuse thing was confined to a few bad apples at Abu Ghraib, I say, "Ho, ho, ho!"

In fact, the abuse thing wasn't even confined to Abu Ghraib. We're spanning the globe on this story: Datelines Iraq, Guantanamo, and Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan? What's that?"

"Me forgets. Gollum, gollum."

Stories everywhere this morning: New Papers Suggest Detainee Abuse Was Widespread from the WashPost, FBI Agents Complained of Prisoner Abuse, Records Say from the LA Times, and W. House Expects Probe of Iraq, Guantanamo Abuses from our dear friends at Reuters.

A few excerpts from the Washington Post article:
The Bush administration is facing a wave of new allegations that the abuse of foreign detainees in U.S. military custody was more widespread, varied and grave in the past three years than the Defense Department has long maintained.

New documents released yesterday detail a series of probes by Army criminal investigators into multiple cases of threatened executions of Iraqi detainees by U.S. soldiers, as well as of thefts of currency and other private property, physical assaults, and deadly shootings of detainees at detention camps in Iraq.

The complaints arose from several THOUSAND new pages of internal reports, investigations and e-mails from different agencies, which, with other documents released in the past two weeks, paint a finer-grained picture of military abuse and criminal behavior at prisons in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan than previously available.
Click on any of the links above for the ugly details. You know, stickin' cigs in people, wrapping dudes in Israeli flags, killing detainees, covering it up. Blah blah blah.

But don't worry, friend. There are more important things to worry about. Like...the holidays! You can turn your brain off...until the Orange Bowl on January 4. This "abuse stuff" will be taken care of. By the people who take care of such things.

Right?

Oh, BTW. The White House condoned the abuse. There may even be a piece of paper "out there." An Executive Order.

"Wanna bet?"

Not really.

More later...


4 Comments:

  • Damn... can't find it now, but one of the usual suspects (AmericaBlog? Josh Marshall? etc.,) had this memo up the other day.

    Damn. wish I could find it... will continue searching.

    Ho Ho Ho indeed.

    By Blogger Sumisu, at 11:14 AM  

  • FOUND IT! Where? The ACLU. God bless 'em, everyone.

    It's a PDF of FBI thoughts on the White House's torture policy. This will warm your cockles over the holidays.

    And a lump of Coal for you George W.!

    By Blogger Sumisu, at 11:18 AM  

  • lovely Brendan-
    i'm certain this was but an oversight but it seems the use of the word 'condone'
    seems to be but another American-ism gone wrong... of course i blame the media.

    i believe the proper word you were seeking is 'condemn' no???

    con·done     P   Pronunciation Key  (kn-dn)
    tr.v. con·doned, con·don·ing, con·dones
    To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure. See Synonyms at forgive.

    just a thought
    happy holidays and new year sweetness
    xoxo
    Meredith

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 PM  

  • No, the White House did CONDONE the behaviour: in fact, they wrote the guidelines. They only condemned it when the media, the public and the world found out.

    By Blogger Outsourced, at 8:30 AM  

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