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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Abu Ghraib again

Citizens for Fair Legislation
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2005
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CFL ALERT: BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO LOBBY AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BAR TORTURE AND INHUMANE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS.

This weekend the Pentagon blocked images from Abu Ghraib, in violation of a federal court order, that have been described by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as "blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane."
Republican Senators who have seen the images said they contained scenes of "rape and murder." The Pentagon refuses to release these images on the basis that it is bad PR for the United States. This comes at the heels of intensive lobbying efforts by the Bush administration to block legislation that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees, from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, and from using interrogation methods not authorized by a new Army field manual. Take a moment to send our prewritten letter to the President and to your Representatives telling them that you are appalled that the American public is being kept in the dark about the abuse of Iraqi detainees
and that you are outraged that the President is refusing to take measures to ensure these abuses don't occur again.

TALKING POINTS:
* A military report on the abuse at Abu Ghraib states that the images the Pentagon is blocking show detainees being threatened, sodomized with chemical lights and forced into sexually humiliating poses. After viewing these images, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters, "'The American public needs to understand
we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience." A report by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba on the abuse says videotapes and photos also show naked detainees forced to masturbate while being photographed and videotaped, of guards having sex with female detainees, young boys
being sodomized and Iraqi women forced to expose their breasts for American soldiers. New York Times reporter, Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention:
"...There are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications to their men....The women were passing messages saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened. ...Boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror it's going to come out."

*Last week Vice President Cheney met with Republican Senators that publicly expressed frustration about the administration's failure to hold senior military officials responsible for the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. At that meeting Cheney stated his opposition to congressional intervention regarding the treatment of
detainees at either Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo. Later the White House issued a statement stating that President Bush would veto a $442 billion defense bill if representatives continued to attempt to impose restrictions on what the military can and cannot do to detainees. That statement appeared to be directed at Republican Sen. John McCain who began circulating a letter to look into legislation that would
outline the treatment of detainees held by the U.S. military. Sen. McCain's provisions would require that all foreign nationals in U.S. custody be registered with the Red Cross and would also prohibit "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" of anyone in U.S. custody.


*Please take a moment to write to your representatives to express outrage at the treatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib and tell them that you resent that the Pentagon is keeping the American public in the dark about what is happening in Iraq. Tell the President that you expect him to stop taking measures in support of the crimes that happened at Abu Ghraib. By blocking legislation meant to prevent torture, rape and cruel and unusual punishment the White House is clearly indicating approval for the barbaric treatment of men, women and children held in U.S. run detention centers.

5 Comments:

Blogger Maddog said...

This is a link to an orginal NY Times article detailing just what you have listed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/23/politics/23abuse.html?

The article began:

"Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

The lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan late Thursday that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material, which they were to have released by yesterday."

This is a link to the "correction" of the original story.

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/pageoneplus/corrections.html

The "correction" states:

"An article on Saturday about a federal judge's order regarding photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal misstated a deadline and the response by Defense Department lawyers. The government was given until Friday to black out some identifying details in the material, not to release it. Defense Department lawyers met that deadline, but asked the court to block the public release of the materials. They did not refuse to cooperate with an order for the materials' release."

This may explain the lengths that the left will go to distort the truth. As you can see, it didn't take a second for them to react. I wonder if the "Citizens for Fair Legislation" will offer a correction or their? Any bets? We'll see.

The "Citizens for Fair Legislation" certainly do have an agenda (http://www.cflweb.org/)

Their latest statement includes:

"CFL condemns the attacks that took place in London yesterday. We are all saddened by the loss of life and senseless acts of violence that occur around the world today in the name of religion. It is important for all to realize that Muslims and Islam have nothing to do with these attacks and should not be viewed as part of the problem."

This is an issue conerning many of us in the west. While we are concerned about "terrorism", it seems that while it is certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, a great, great, many of the terrorists are Muslims. To say as does CFL that Muslims are not a part of the problem seems innapropiate.

Maddog

7/26/2005 10:17:00 AM

 
Blogger Dan said...

I understand that many of the pre-liberation ruling elite in Iraq have great difficulty sorting out their emotions when life confronts them with the loss of their previously unearned status. I also understand that it is difficult for those on both sides of the various issues to determine the truth in many instances.

I am well aware of how the American political machine works. I strongly suspect deception and dishonor will continue to be the mainstay of the American, and the international, "left." As for the "right," they, usually, side with religion, something I deplore because it rests on subjective concepts. In the case that brought me here today, I see that the new Iraqi Constitution may turn out to merely be a religious document. This is sad news to me.

I'll be watching this latter as well as the issue mentioned in today's blog post above.

---Dan

7/26/2005 04:26:00 PM

 
Blogger Lisa, New York said...

This political press release is talking about simply more of the same set of pictures, taken by the same group of soldiers, at the same time 2 years ago (Autumn of 2003). It's not a new set of pictures. All of these pictures were seen last year by all members of Congress and used already in prosecutions.

7/26/2005 07:27:00 PM

 
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