Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Condi's Comments on Gitmo

"Absurd" is the word of the week for the Bush administration. Everyone from Dubya to Cheney to Condi herself has called the Amnesty International Report on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center "Absurd". In true hypocritical fashion Condoleezza Rice topped her comments off with this doozy:

''The United States of America is one of the strongest defenders of human rights around the world," Rice said. She added that personnel at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba have shown great respect for detainees' religion. - Boston Globe (AP)

To think that there isn't a connection between the interrogation methods uncovered at Abu Grhaib prison and those implemented at Gitmo seems a little...what's the word?....ABSURD. And the claim that the U.S/ defends Human Rights across the board is ridiculous:

The solution, endorsed by Rumsfeld and carried out by Stephen Cambone, was to get tough with those Iraqis in the Army prison system who were suspected of being insurgents. A key player was Major General Geoffrey Miller, the commander of the detention and interrogation center at Guantánamo, who had been summoned to Baghdad in late August to review prison interrogation procedures...Miller’s concept, as it emerged in recent Senate hearings, was to “Gitmoize” the prison system in Iraq—to make it more focussed on interrogation...He also briefed military commanders in Iraq on the interrogation methods used in Cuba—methods that could, with special approval, include sleep deprivation, exposure to extremes of cold and heat, and placing prisoners in “stress positions” for agonizing lengths of time - The New Yorker

How could any rational person avoid this obvious conclusion: What happened at Abu Grhaib is probably happening at Gitmo. Lucky for Bush there aren't any colour photos this time around.


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