Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Abu Ghraib images broadcast

You can only see a few of the less offensive photos here on the BBC website. They should all be in the public domain. There must have been a FOIA request, what's takin' so long?

6 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

More on this dailykos diary.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Wow!

If any of you haven't yet seen the Frontline Special titled "Torture" please do. Frontline makes very clear that the President, Vice President and Sec. of Defense were all involved in pushing military intelligence to torture.

Demo

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:44:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

More documentation of freedom, American-style.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Also check out this video segment on Bradblog. Must see.

Friday, February 17, 2006 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous GM said...

Here is a copy of an email exchange I've had with my senator on this issue.


December 5, 2004

Dear Senator Cornyn,

I am deeply troubled by the reports of prisoner abuse in Guantanamo Bay,
Iraq, Afghanistan, and the denial of habeas corpus to those at Gitmo. Even
more troubling is the recent decision following a US district court
hearing that evidence gained through the use of torture is admissible.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/12/02/guantanamo.detainees/index.html

Our country is better than this. I'm not completely naive, I realize that
there is a certain ugliness to the situation we are embroiled in.
However, the United States of America is supposed to set the example. We
cannot convince the rest of the world that democracy is the way to go when
our own behavior is ethically questionable. You cannot defeat the monster
by becoming the monster.

Please take the time to put pressure on our president to reexamine his
policy in this area. I believe it is completely counterproductive to his
stated goal of spreading democracy into Iraq. This policy is making more
enemies than friends.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Sincerely,

GM
......................
12/21/04

Dear Mrs. GM:

Thank you for contacting me about the treatment of enemy combatants and
prisoners of war. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this
matter.

Like all Americans, I am appalled at instances of abuse such as those that
occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These acts are unacceptable and
un-American. However, we also must remember the dedication and hard work
of our many honorable men and women in uniform who are prosecuting the War
on Terror with integrity. As a member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind as I discuss
these matters with my Senate colleagues.

I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in
the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.


Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator

..................................
11/03/05

Senator Cornyn,

Last December I wrote you regarding my concern over the treatment received by "enemy combatants" at the hands of the United States.

Here is a copy of the reply you sent me.

"Dear Mrs. GM:

Thank you for contacting me about the treatment of enemy combatants and
prisoners of war. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this
matter.

Like all Americans, I am appalled at instances of abuse such as those that
occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These acts are unacceptable and
un-American. However, we also must remember the dedication and hard work
of our many honorable men and women in uniform who are prosecuting the War
on Terror with integrity. As a member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind as I discuss
these matters with my Senate colleagues.

I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in
the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.


Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator"


Upon receiving your reply I felt that perhaps your feelings and mine were not so far apart on this issue. We seem to agree that the acts are appalling and un-American.

So, imagine my surprise when I pulled up your voting record on the McCain Amendment (SA 1977) and found that you had actually voted against it. I'd like to know why.

The extent of this problem makes it apparent that this is not the work of a "few bad apples." Far too much time has been spent looking for legal loopholes to justify this behavior and not enough time has been spent looking at the original intent of Articles 2 and 3 of the Geneva Convention. Humanity, integrity and honor are not something that can be pushed out of the way because they are inconvenient in our current situation.

You stated in your letter to me that "We also must remember the dedication and hard work
of our many honorable men and women in uniform who are prosecuting the War
on Terror with integrity." How does it help our many honorable men and women in uniform to drag their names and accomplishments through the dirt by associating them with this sort of policy? And what happens to them when they are taken prisoner by individuals who are familiar with how we treat our captives?

I urge you to rethink your position on this. I was raised to believe that the United States is an honorable nation. Please don't make me wrong.

Sincerely,

GM

..................................

01/18/05

Dear Mrs. GM:

I regret that my reply to your letter has been delayed. I strive to respond to each constituent in a timely fashion, but a technical error in an e-mail system used by the Senate prevented my reply from reaching you before today. The input that you and other Texans provide is valuable to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond without further delay. To this end, thank you for contacting me about treatment of enemy combatants and prisoners of war. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

President George W. Bush has unequivocally and repeatedly articulated and enforced a policy that rejects the use of torture. I share the President's strong opposition to torture, and as a member of the Senate Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, I am committed to ensuring that all detainees are treated humanely and in accordance with our laws and treaty obligations.

Like all Americans, I am appalled at instances of abuse such as those that occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Such acts are un-American and contrary to the dedication and professionalism of the vast majority of our military personnel. I was encouraged that the Army took decisive action immediately upon receiving complaints of prisoner abuse, and that it is in the process of prosecuting the responsible individuals. We also must remember the dedication and hard work of our many honorable men and women in uniform who are prosecuting the War on Terror with integrity.

As you know, a variety of issues will be considered during the 109th Congress, and it is important that I remain abreast of the concerns of Texans. I appreciate your interest in this matter, and you may be certain that I will continue to closely monitor U.S. policy on this issue.

I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator

..................................

Sorry for the long comment, but I think Cornyn's last response to me is so typical of the type of reaction we are seeing in our elected officials regarding this subject that I thought I'd share the whole exchange with you.

It is obvious that Cornyn has chosen which side of history he is going to come down on. After the signing statement issued on McCain's bill I wonder if there are any senators out there who would be willing to take on this issue. I know Cornyn's a lost cause and Bailey-Hutchison has quit responding to my emails.

Friday, February 17, 2006 4:05:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Thanks for posting that, gm. Very interesting how Senators like Cornyn are rationalizing their votes to undermine our foreign policy goals.

Friday, February 17, 2006 5:04:00 PM  

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