Sunday, June 13, 2004


New Federal Programs Announced: Mock Burials and Water Torture.....

War is hell, or so the old adage goes. I can not begin to fathom the breadth of scenarios that emerge when one is battling an enemy that claims to be acting by divine writ. But I do know one thing, we're supposed to be the good guys, a country of laws and liberty. If we are to win this war we must hold true to those principles that make us great. That doesn't seem to be the plan of the current administration.

The Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal has been dismissed by the administration as a 'few rogue soldier' acting on their own. Strangely enough memo's produced by the Justice Department outline various forms of torture that the administration feels it is acceptable to use. Fortunately (and I'm sure it's just a coincidence) the memo was leaked during the press over coverage of Reagan's death. Regardless, it is becoming more and more apparent that the prisoner abuse scandal was not just a few soldiers, but rather the policy of the administration. Wonderful suggestions like water torture or mock burials are mentioned as well as outsourcing the actual torture to 'friendly' governments like Egypt. Talk about compassionate conservatism!

This is just the tip of the ice-berg, more will likely surface in the weeks ahead. Do you hear that ticking sound Mr. Rumsfeld?

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