Friday, February 24, 2006

Major news in the torture saga

This is huge. Remember this next time you hear Rush Limbaugh or his clones dissing the ACLU.

According to this Knight Ridder article published in the 2/24/06 Arizona Daily Star,
Military interrogators posing as FBI agents at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapped terrorism suspects in an Israeli flag and forced them to watch homosexual pornography under strobe lights during interrogation sessions that lasted as long as 18 hours, according to one of a batch of FBI memos released Thursday.
Wow. Not only were "military interrogators" impersonating FBI at the Guantanamo prison, the article goes on to say, but real FBI agents complained to supervisors about the torture for 2 years.

So this means torture, at Guantanamo anyway, was part of official policy, not the work of privates and corporals who were not right in the head at the time. Also, there's now evidence that high-ups, Wolfowitz is cited as an example, knew about and approved the torture.

Let's, see, I believe the current "conservative" (I'll put that in quotes, as these morons are certainly not real conservatives), rhetoric against anyone speaking out against torture is a variety of the "you're a pussy" argument, and will take the form of "aw, well maybe the Democrats and Lubberuls and Lefties wanna get the poor witto terrorists a glass of warm milk instead." The neocon rhetoric more and more these days seems to be taking the form of vague inside jokes, added to the usual obliteration of facts, voluminous but inaccurate details, and false premises.

I guess the neocons paid mouthpieces and half-witted PR volunteers argue that way cuz they don't really have any solid arguments to condone some of the bad things Bush and Company are responsible for. So in this case, expect accusations of unpatrioticness and weakness on national defense to be directed at the ACLU, and anyone else who doesn't like Bush and the bad things he is responsible for allowing to happen.

People who oppose Bush include plenty of Republicans, and many, many Democrats. So, you'll also see the Democrats- any Democrats, portrayed as or associated with dangerous or stupid-sounding elements. "Radical," "fringe," etc. are terms that are commonly used in neocon rhetoric's sound-bite-able, inaccurate, attempts at automated persuasion.

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