Worse Than I Thought

I remember seeing a picture of John Lindh when he was captured and reading how smart ass military types wrote things on his restraints.

While the economic situation is dire, I hope that the House will keep pushing forward with investigations of the Bush Administration.

There is nothing worse than pretending to keep our county safe by letting the feeble minded conduct their experiments.

Scott Horton:

Third, the Nelly account shows that health professionals are right in the thick of the torture and abuse of the prisoners—suggesting a systematic collapse of professional ethics driven by the Pentagon itself. He describes body searches undertaken for no legitimate security purpose, simply to sexually invade and humiliate the prisoners. This was a standardized Bush Administration tactic–the importance of which became apparent to me when I participated in some Capitol Hill negotiations with White House representatives relating to legislation creating criminal law accountability for contractors. The Bush White House vehemently objected to provisions of the law dealing with rape by instrumentality. When House negotiators pressed to know why, they were met first with silence and then an embarrassed acknowledgement that a key part of the Bush program included invasion of the bodies of prisoners in a way that might be deemed rape by instrumentality under existing federal and state criminal statutes. While these techniques have long been known, the role of health care professionals in implementing them is shocking.

The whole thing is here.


3 responses to “Worse Than I Thought

  1. To me, the whole angle that the Bush administration (& it’s cheerleaders in Palin-land & elsewhere) have taken on torture is a grotesque instance of their understanding of American “exceptionalism”. The sort of things that are regarded as so appalling when practiced by the Shah’s secret police (or Saddam’s, for a much more recent example), or the deep complicity of doctors in the Chilean & Argentine dirty wars, are suddenly cleansed when the hands holding the needles (or worse) and using respirators to bring back the near-dead are American. Like Solzhenitsyn said: those who dwell on the past lose an eye; those who forget the past lose both.

  2. Damned at Random

    I keep wondering how the textbook publishers of the future will put a patriotic sheen on the horrors of the Bush years. We may never dig out of the moral and financial holes we are in. I do not envy Obama (actually I wonder why anybody wanted that job)

  3. On the News Hour tonight I saw that Cambodia is just now starting their trials for what happened under the Khmer Rouge.

    What has happened with us is different, so I don’t know if it will take as long for it to finally all come to light. I hope not. I hope more are shamed into publicly admitting to what has happened.

    That would help in the textbook writing . . .

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