Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Talking Torture Over Beer

McClatchy Newspapers has been doing some excellent news gathering and reporting, including a new report showing that abuse and torture of Afghan detainees began very early in Bush's war on terror:

The guards kicked, kneed and punched many of the men until they collapsed in pain. U.S. troops shackled and dragged other detainees to small isolation rooms, then hung them by their wrists from chains dangling from the wire mesh ceiling.

Former guards and detainees whom McClatchy interviewed said Bagram was a center of systematic brutality for at least 20 months, starting in late 2001. Yet the soldiers responsible have escaped serious punishment.

The public outcry in the United States and abroad has focused on detainee abuse at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but sadistic violence first appeared at Bagram, north of Kabul, and at a similar U.S. internment camp at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan.
In response to one of Bush's rote denials, Andrew Sullivan reminds me of me:
The trouble with having someone with the rigid dry-drunk denial mechanisms of this president is that he simply cannot accept what he is: the first president in the history of the United States to have ordered his underlings to torture prisoners.
I hope all the people who voted for Bush enjoyed that beer they found so easy and charming to visualize having with him.

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