May 5th, 2004

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oops...

Fixed the link in my prior post to this story in the NY Times, which documents that the government has done nothing to terminate the employment and revoke security clearance for a CACI contractor who was complicit in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners...

It's a scandal and it indicates an obvious attempt at a coverup. Frankly, I can't believe that more people aren't upset about this one. Frankly, it makes me wonder if there is anything we won't tolerate our government doing in the name of "freedom".
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Either Bush lied bigtime to the Arab media... or he is a mushroom.

I read the transcripts of Bush's television interview with Alhurra... and Bush said something that completely floored me.

QUESTION: When did you learn about the -- did you see the pictures on TV? When was the first time you heard about the...

BUSH: Yes. First time I saw or heard about pictures was on TV....


Now wait a gawd-dayum minute! CBS was given the pictures of the abuse in Abu Ghraib, but sat on them for two weeks after they "received an appeal from the Defense Department, and eventually from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, to delay this broadcast -- given the danger and tension on the ground in Iraq," right?

So, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew CBS had the pictures... and obviously General Kimmitt -- who was interviewed for the broadcast and commented directly on the photographs -- knew they had the pictures. And I can only assume that Myers or Kimmitt must've let Donald Rumsfeld know about the pictures...

... but somehow nobody told the president about the pictures until he saw them ON TELEVISION??!! That must've been an interesting viewing experience.

"Uh, George... there's something on television we think you should see. Yes, I know the Rangers are playing Kansas City, but we'll record it for you, ok??! It's on CBS.... yes, CBS. You don't know CBS?! Well, do you remember which channel you watch Survivor on...? You do?! Good. Try that one. Oh, and don't blame me, blame Don."

So, it's safe to say that he's either a really, Really, REALLY bad liar, or else he's monumentally ignorant and about a dozen heads should roll for keeping our fearless leader in the dark... right?!

Just like they did with Congress too?!

Plausible deniability, anyone?
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More accounts of abuse start to unfurl.

This time, the Washington Post has the evidence.

Take a look at the second picture in the gallery. Counting the person taking the picture, that appears to be 9 or 10 U.S. soldiers who were milling around... How many more were there that we don't know about?!

From an interview with Sy Hersh, the reporter who broke the story:
HERSH: First of all, it's going to get much worse. This kind of stuff was much more widespread. I can tell you just from the phone calls I've had in the last 24 hours, even more, there are other photos out there. There are many more photos even inside that unit. There are videotapes of stuff that you wouldn't want to mention on national television that was done. There was a lot of problems. There was a special women's section. There were young boys in there. There were things done to young boys that were videotaped. It's much worse.

And of course, there's this story...
"U.S. soldiers .... detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year placed a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a donkey, Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal human rights envoy to Iraq said Wednesday."

Yes, it can get worse.