Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Torture Log.... (*UPDATED*)

I don't know how many of you have read Time Magazine's article about the "finally there's PROOF of torture!" logs... I have been trying to resist posting on it, but Geez...

Honestly, were Republicans THIS bad during the Clinton years? There really was a blue dress right? Was it a blue tissue and we made it into a blue dress? I keep floating around near the middle lately and then I read crap like this and I am ready to march side-by-side with the Evangelicals... Come on people --this is ridiculous!

"Chief Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita tells TIME that the log was compiled by various uniformed interrogators and observers on the Pentagon’s Joint Task Force at Gitmo as the interrogation proceeded. It is stamped SECRET ORCON, a military acronym for a document that is supposed to remain with the organization that created it. A Pentagon official who has seen the log describes it as the “kind of document that was never meant to leave Gitmo.”"
Sounds pretty bad, right? Maybe they have found secret orders from Rumsfeld to cut people's fingers off if they say Allah more than five time in one day... Let's read on...

-stress strategies like standing for prolonged periods
-isolation for as long as 30 days
-removal of clothing
-shaving of facial hair
-playing on “individual phobias” (such as dogs)
-“mild, non-injurious physical contact such as grabbing, poking in the chest with the finger and light pushing.”
-interrogators poured bottles of water on al-Qahtani’s head when he refused to drink.
-Dripping Water or Playing Christina Aguilera Music
-lengthening of interrogation sessions
-performing a puppet show “satirizing the detainee’s involvement with al-Qaeda.”
-stand for the playing of the U.S. national anthem
-picture of a 9/11 victim is taped to trousers
-interrogation booths decorated with pictures of 9/11 victims, American flags and red lights
-a drill known as Invasion of Space by a Female (female in close proximity)
-strip-search him and briefly make him stand nude
-bark like a dog and growl at pictures of terrorists
-hang pictures of scantily clad women around his neck

This was the big torture. THIS! For Chissake... Apparently we spend more on feeding the detainees their Islam-mandated diets than we do on the rations for the guards there. The detainee’s physical condition is frequently checked by medical corpsmen—sometimes as often as three times a day, when al-Qahtani was becoming seriously dehydrated (because of his own refusal to take water regularly), he was given an IV drip, and a doctor was immediately summoned. Let's take a guess if ANY other country gives prisoners LEMON CHICKEN... I had left-over dry-ass spaghetti and meatballs last night...
Ok, OK, now I will admit that the Christina Aguilera music may actually be a cruel and unusual punishment....

This link (about the same topic) was sent to me by Freakchylde -and is hilarious...

UPDATE: Read the list of 'Torture' again and then read this:
"SENATOR DICK DURBIN (D, IL) COMPARES U.S. INTERROGATIONS TO POL POT AND NAZIS! Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), speaking on the Senate floor [last night], described our interrogation practices at Gitmo (keeping the 20th hijacker cold or hot, or playing of loud rap music) as akin to something that "happened by [sic] the Nazis, Soviets in their Gulags, or some madman regime like Pol Pot." Not only is this absurd and hideously inaccurate, but Durbin's comments makes our military's job more difficult, and encourages anti-Americanism around the world. Thanks, Dick. Tell him what you think by calling his Senate office at (202) 224-2152. (source)
Want to take a wild guess what is dominating AlJazerra's sound bytes today!?
(I searched all over the net for this and as of now, Laura Ingraham is the only one that had it....)

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