Friday, February 18, 2005

Just another day in Bush's Gulag.

Not only is torture widespread, but we don't know HOW widespread it is, because they destroyed evidence.

An Iraqi prisoner stated U.S. forces beat him with a baseball bat, broke his nose and dislocated his arms, then coerced him to drop an abuse claim to gain his release, Army files made public on Friday showed.

In another case, U.S troops in Afghanistan posed for photos of mock executions with hooded and bound prisoners, but other pictures depicting abuse were destroyed to avert another public embarrassment after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal surfaced in April 2004, the files stated.

"These documents provide more evidence that abuse was not localized or aberrational, but was widespread and systemic. They also provide further evidence that at least in some cases the government is not aggressively investigating credible allegations of abuse," ACLU lawyer Jameel Jaffer said.

An Iraqi taken into U.S. custody in Tikrit when his house was raided in September 2003 said Americans, some in civilian clothing, beat him repeatedly, one file showed.

He stated Americans struck him in the head with a rifle, beat him in the stomach, smacked his leg with a baseball bat, dislocated his arms, stepped on his nose and broke it, shoved an unloaded pistol in his mouth and pulled the trigger, and choked him with a rope.


Iraq. Afghanistan. Guantanamo. Same stuff, same tactics, same stories. Three different places.

Are we actually supposed to believe that orders to do this didn't come from someone who is overseeing all three places?

Are we supposed to believe that many different soldiers in widely disparate places all adopted the same tactics independently? Tactics that NEVER have been associated with America before?

Are we supposed to believe that that's just a coincidence?

"Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.- Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:20)

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