May 18, 2004
Time to TOSS the WHOLE ROTTEN BUNCH!
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one seriously expects President Bush to actually go so far as
to fire Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld, even though
it has now been reported that he had authorized a secret program
that encouraged the torture of Iraqi detainees allegedly to obtain
intelligence about Iraqi insurgents. [New
all means don't let that stop us from properly demanding that
and his staff be fired. It is important that the Bush administration
doesn't simply ask Rumsfeld to resign, because now that
the facts are in, they should all be properly fired as soon
and immediately escorted from their government offices, and
taken directly before a U.N. war crimes tribunal.
Although this is a basic definition of torture as ratified by our U.S. Congress, it appears that this is yet ANOTHER briefing that the Bush Administration hasn't read all the way through.
Is that really an acceptable excuse for authorizing a policy of torturing POW's?
Any war veteran worth his pension should remember that it's long been a source of honor among our troops that "we" treated our prisoners differently from the way "they" treated theirs. In fact that's one reason why so many of our young men have felt that it's honorable to volunteer to serve during wartime. It used to be noble to support and defend the cause of liberty and justice for all oppressed people.
It now appears as if our leaders have been sanctioning policies designed to terrorize the oppressed people of Iraq!
The mere suggestion that our American forces have been torturing detainees just seems (to me, anyway) like a basic violation of every decent American's core principles.
Yet this vile policy of the Bush Administration, if true, will
have turned out to be perhaps the most reckless -- and unnecessary
-- escalation of the war on terror to date. Reckless because
it obviously lowers the standard for the treatment of our troops
who are now, or may soon be, war prisoners. And unnecessary
experts testify time and again that studies in human nature
show that torture for the purpose of gleaning information from
victim seldom, if ever, produces the desired result. This happens
because victims most often are coerced into telling the torturer
what he thinks the torturer wants to hear whether or not he
(or she) even knows any of the facts sought by the torturer!
Murillo is one of hundreds abducted and tortured during the 1980s by Battalion 316, a unit trained and equipped by the CIA to gather intelligence about subversives, at a time when Honduras was crucial to the Reagan administration's war against communism in Central America.
International Law specialist Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch: "When John Negroponte was ambassador [to Honduras] he looked the other way when serious atrocities were committed. One would have to wonder what kind of message the Bush administration is sending about human rights by this appointment."
The Bush administration knew full well that Americans would be repulsed by the thought of torturing our detainees. Why else would the Defense Department have denied the charges so strongly?
Let's not forget the shocking fact that 70-90 percent of those "detainees" in Abu Ghraib prison are no more than innocent bystanders waiting to be "interrogated"! [Washington Post]
This week we will see yet another a battle between New Yorker magazine journalist Seymour Hersh and the NeoCons. My money's on Mr. Hersh. He's weathered their attacks before and has been fully vindicated every single time.
So it appears nigh time that citizens call, fax, or write their local CongressPerson with a demand to fire Rumsfeld from his post as Secretary of Defense and block Bush's appointment of John Negroponte to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. [Baltimore Sun]
Support the troops in the old fashioned way: Demand proper leadership for them!
To let your Congressperson know what you expect of them, the following link lists ways to contact each. http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
And don't forget to let your Representatives know that you're sending a copy of your demand to "toss the whole rotten bunch out" to your favorite local newspaper.
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