Archive for July 14th, 2005

Spins Of Omission

In contemplating the ongoing Rove/Plamegate shitstorm, I found myself wondering why the Republicans haven’t resorted to spin along the lines of, “Hey, Rove just passed that as background information to a trusted reporter to warn him not to get too gung-ho about the yellowcake story, but he certainly had no intention for Cooper to publish her identity, and indeed he didn’t. No harm, no foul. Now, the person who leaked to Novak, they wanted her name to get out there – that’s the real bad guy, that’s the one who really needs to be fired and imprisoned.”

Of course, the best reason for not using this spin is that Rove is also the one who leaked to Novak (and others, who chose not to use it) with clear malicious intent.

July 14th, 2005 at 05:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Libby/Plame,Republicans,Rove

Trans-Oceanic Bad Apples

I, for one, am completely shocked and amazed…

Interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forced a stubborn detainee to wear women’s underwear on his head, confronted him with snarling military working dogs and attached a leash to his chains, according to a newly released military investigation that shows the tactics were employed there months before military police used them on detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

(snip)

The report’s findings are the strongest indication yet that the abusive practices seen in photographs at Abu Ghraib were not the invention of a small group of thrill-seeking military police officers. The report shows that they were used on Qahtani several months before the United States invaded Iraq.

The investigation also supports the idea that soldiers believed that placing hoods on detainees, forcing them to appear nude in front of women and sexually humiliating them were approved interrogation techniques for use on detainees.

(snip)

[Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who commanded the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay] traveled to Iraq in September 2003 to assist in Abu Ghraib’s startup, and he later sent in “Tiger Teams” of Guantanamo Bay interrogators and analysts as advisers and trainers. Within weeks of his departure from Abu Ghraib, military working dogs were being used in interrogations, and naked detainees were humiliated and abused by military police soldiers working the night shift.

Who could have seen this coming? Of course, Abu Ghraib is all water under the board, and hardly anyone remembers it, must less is angered or ashamed by it, and as long as there are no pictures out of Gitmo, and assuming the second wave of Abu Ghraib photos stays under wraps, this isn’t going to make a ripple, especially in the heavy surf of Rovegate and the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle(s). Actually, this might be another good reason not to nominate Gonzales – the White House probably doesn’t want torture coming up as a discussion topic if they can possibly help it.

2 comments July 14th, 2005 at 05:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Prisoners,Republicans,Torture,Wankers

Headline Of The Day

Brazilian bandits pull off big boob job
More than 400 breast implants nipped from postal service van

Truly, we are in the End Times now.

July 14th, 2005 at 05:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Great Headlines


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