21 April 2009

The Prosperity of the Wicked

The Senate Armed Services Committee has just released, as of an hour ago, a report entitled Inquiry Into the Treatment Of Detainees In U.S. Custody, November 20, 2008. It will, if you'll pardon the phrase, kick up the mother of all motherfucking shit storms.

Just read the Executive Summary and Conclusions. And call The Hague.

Conclusion 13:

"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques for use at Guantanamo Bay was a direct cause of detainee abuse there. Secretary Rumsfeld's December 2,2002 approval of Mr. Haynes's recommendation that most of the techniques contained in GTMO's October 11, 2002 request be authorized, influenced and contributed to the use of abusive techniques, including military working dogs, forced nudity, and stress positions, in Afghanistan and Iraq."

But worse, in a way, is this detail:

(U) On December 2, 2002, Secretary Rumsfeld signed Mr. Haynes's recommendation [for enhanced interrogation techniques, otherwise known as torture], adding a handwritten note that referred to limits proposed in the memo on the use of stress positions: "I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours?"

Donald Rumsfeld is a war criminal. For sure. Abso-fucking-lutely. 100%. It's time for the media to call him out as such.


Bronwen said...

yeah this is crazy crazy crazy. Have you been reading the Guardian lately? They have had some good coverage. I don't really understand why Obama is so reluctant to prosecute. I mean, I know his arguments (this is no time for revenge, etc) but they don't cut it to me.

Bronwen said...

ps - still unemployed!

Anonymous said...

There's a good article on Salon about how it's not really Obama's decision whether or not to prosecute...it's the DOJ as it should really be based on the LAW. mwa ha ha.

Luke said...

Ah, the law.

Bron, my sense is that it's all an elaborate shell game. Rosie's right: it's the DOJ's perrogative to prosecute. I think Obama recognizes that it's useful for him to play "good cop" - soothing words, positive rhetoric - and let other people lay down the hammer.

I hope you are employed soon!

John said...

What is this new topic? Google provides minimal returns for "orror, orror, orror".

Luke said...

My spelling in foreign languages seems to be as poor as it is in my own :(

John said...

Hmm? I wasn't making a snarky point about spelling, I was genuinely curiously asking - what is this supposed to mean? Is it a reference to something?

Luke said...

Ah, Giovanni MacKaii - it was both misspelled AND a reference to something. The following, in fact (http://tinyurl.com/c8va6x) - I highly recommend.