Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Department of Torture

Let's just rename the Justice Department, shall we? Alberto Gonzales, White House counsel, has been named by President Bush to replace John Ashcroft as Torturer... ahem. United States ATTORNEY General:
The attacks by Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, these lawyers said, had plunged the country into a new kind of war. It was a conflict against a vast, outlaw, international enemy in which the rules of war, international treaties and even the Geneva Conventions did not apply. These positions were laid out in secret legal opinions drafted by lawyers from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, and then endorsed by the Department of Defense and ultimately by White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, according to copies of the opinions and other internal legal memos obtained by NEWSWEEK.
So, we go from a man who finds the sight of Justice so abhorent he must erect a curtain to conceal her, to a man who finds international law and human rights so repugnant that he must seize on the earliest opportunity to grind it into the bloody muck of the torturer's killing ground. Gonzales' actions led inevitably to the Abu Ghraib war crimes, and the wholesale violation of human rights still underway at Guantanamo Bay. Follow the link to the Abu Ghraib phtographs, look at the blood on the floor, remember the detainees in Camp X-ray, and understand that the author of these crimes is now proposed as your Attorney General. Then have a look at your coins and make sure they don't say Argentina.

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