Monday, February 07, 2005

Dear Values Voter,

I would like to congratulate you in your role of helping W. squeak back into the White House, as well as helping the right secure a stronger majority in both houses. This victory has ensured that W can't ignore your family values initiatives. While you are patting yourself on the back please take a minute to consider this excerpt from the Taguba report (sourced from the New Yorker Magazine)listing some of the abuses visited upon prisoners.

Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;
pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and
a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard
to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against
the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a
broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate
detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a

Even more graphic details of the abuse can be found in an article from Rolling Stone, including this gem.

In one sworn statement, Kasim Mehaddi Hilas, detainee number 151108, said he
witnessed a translator referred to only as Abu Hamid raping a teenage boy. "I
saw Abu Hamid, who was wearing the military uniform, putting his dick in the
little kid's ass," Hilas testified. "The kid was hurting very bad." A female
soldier took pictures of the rape, Hilas said.

I don't know about you but these don't strike me as the moral values we want the world to believe America represents. If you believe in moral values how can you support a president that is trying to promote the guy (Alberto Gonzalez) that argued that torture is ok?

Sorry for the downer, but it is totally fucking absurd to me that the slimy pieces of shit that facilitated rape, murder, and torture in the Abu Ghraib prison as well as at Gitmo and other locations are not being held responsible. We are punishing soldiers involved in these acts, but not holding their superiors accountable.


mandy said...

Wow. Pretty graphic. Good monday morning to you too!

Bodie said...

Yeah it is heavy, but with the decency crack down on the TV and radio you just don't hear these things. It is totally awful and it is not getting the coverage it deserves from the "liberal media" (who exactly does that include?).