Fifthiness

2 comments February 28th, 2006at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Well, this brings the percentage of the Bill Of Rights that the Republicans are in favor of all the way up to 20%, although if too many Democrats start buying guns, look for some “enemy of the state” exclusions to get carved out…

General [Geoffrey “Gitmoize Me”] Miller has denied recommending the use of guard dogs to intimidate prisoners during interrogations in Iraq. He also recently said he would not testify in the courts-martial of Sergeants Cardona and Smith, invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. As someone who voluntarily spoke at length about my actions in Iraq to investigators, without a lawyer present, I can’t have a favorable opinion of General Miller. By doing the military equivalent of “taking the Fifth,” he’s decided to protect himself, apparently happy to let two dog handlers take the fall – a stunning betrayal of his subordinates and Army values.

Read the whole piece, which is a chilling insider’s look at the torture and deliberate graying-out of moral and legal values at Abu Ghraib. But I thought this paragraph was particularly striking, since to me it sounds an awful lot like an admission of guilt at a very senior command level (this would be especially interesting if the new release of Abu Ghraib photos were getting any traction, which they sadly are not). But I guess as long as you don’t actually get charged with anything, it doesn’t count. Bygones!

UPDATE: The incomparable and out-of-nowhere Glenn Greenwald explains all about the Republicans’ deep and lasting commitment to personal responsibility.

(greenwald tip thinks to Atrios)

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Politics,Prisoners,Wankers,War

2 Comments

  • 1. Elmo  |  February 28th, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    General Miller has to go down…

  • 2. Eli  |  February 28th, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    They *all* have to go down. They’ve turned this country into shit. visibly punishing for them for it might be the only way to restore our credibility and good name.


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