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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Next Stop, Wackoland! Part Deux

Good morning.

Well, there's some hard-core lawyerin' going on at the hearing for Abu Ghraib-star Charles Graner. He...the accused ringleader of the prisoner abuse scandal...and the dude who knocked up Lyndie England. (Hubba hubba)

Let's cut right to the chase. The headline from Reuters:

"Iraqi Abuse Was Like Act of 'Cheerleaders' -- Lawyer"

Yeah.

Get ready, 'coz here it comes:
FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - A lawyer for Charles Graner, accused ringleader in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, on Monday compared piling naked prisoners into pyramids to cheerleader shows and said leashing inmates was also acceptable prisoner control.

He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and parents putting tethers on toddlers.

"Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" Guy Womack, Graner's attorney, said in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist's court-martial.
Yes they do. Excellent point. Case closed. Read on, please. Here's some more kick-ass lawyerin' from Guy Womack
Womack said using a tether was a valid method of controlling detainees. "You're keeping control of them. A tether is a valid control to be used in corrections," he said. "In Texas we'd lasso them and drag them out of there."
"And sometimes, when them injuns broke outta the jail cell, we'd git 'bout ten a Link Holler's men...and we'd hunts 'em down. Like a buncha peach-orchard boars!"
The most dramatic testimony on Monday came from Pvt. Ivan Frederick, sentenced last year to eight years in prison in the case, who discussed the episodes portrayed in photographs that outraged the world after their publication last year.

After prosecutors screened grainy video that was previously not made public showing naked and hooded Iraqi male prisoners masturbating, Frederick said Graner and England joked about the incident.

"He (Graner) said something to the fact that it was a present for her birthday," said Frederick, who, like Graner, was also a prison guard in civilian life.
Wow. Charles Graner...super romantic. Who knew?

Take note. Valentine's Day is coming up. If you've been wondering what to get your significant other...
Apart from saying the methods were not illegal, Graner's defense is that he was following orders. "He was doing his job. Following orders and being praised for it," Womack told the court, adding later that Graner would testify in the case.

The chief prosecutor, Maj. Michael Holley, asked rhetorically: "Did the accused honestly believe that was a lawful order?"
Doesn't matter. The dude probably "believed" that he'd taken care of...by the higher-ups...if anyone questioned the "job" he was doing.

As the mighty Nelson (of Simpson's fame) would say, "Ha ha!"
Womack tried to establish that civilian intelligence officers and others wanted the guards to maltreat prisoners to get information.

The Bush administration has blamed the abuse on a small group and said it was not part of a policy or condoned by senior officers.
Meaning...they ain't going down for some idiot just because he wears a uniform. And they ain't comin' to his rescue.
Graner, 36, faces up to 17 1/2 years in prison on charges that include mistreating detainees, dereliction of duty and assault. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial was expected to last at least a week.
Good luck, Mr. Graner. You'll have plenty of "inmates" to fuck with in prison. (They love ex-prison guards!) I'm sure you'll be able to find a few dudes for one of your "cheerleader pyramids."

More later...

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