resident bush: because the sheeple never learn.

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Every time I see a soldier featured in a local newscast, or called “a hero” by a talking head, I can’t help but think, “how can we possibly know what he’s like when nobody’s watching.” Knowing man, how can we possibly believe there are “only a few bad apples?”

Exclusive: Lawyer says Guantanamo abuse worse since Obama
by Luke Baker
Reuters
February 25, 2009

Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since Obama took office as prison guards “get their kicks in” before the camp is closed. Abuses began to pick up in December after Obama was elected, human rights lawyer Ahmed Ghappour told Reuters. He cited beatings, the dislocation of limbs, spraying of pepper spray into closed cells, applying pepper spray to toilet paper and over-forcefeeding detainees who are on hunger strike.

“If one was to use one’s imagination, (one) could say that these traumatized, and for lack of a better word barbaric, guards were just basically trying to get their kicks in right now for fear that they won’t be able to later,” he said.

He stressed the mistreatment did not appear to be directed from above, but was undertaken by frustrated U.S. army and navy jailers. It did not seem to be a reaction against the election of Obama, but rather a realization that there was little time remaining before the last 241 detainees are released. “It’s ‘hey, let’s have our fun while we can.’”

“I can’t really imagine why you would get your kicks from abusing prisoners, but certainly, having spoken to certain guards who have been injured in Iraq, who indirectly or directly blame my clients for their injuries and the trauma they have suffered, it’s not too difficult to put two and two together.”

Ghappour said he had spoken to army guards who, unsolicited, had described the pleasure they took in abusing prisoners, whether interrupting prayer or physical mistreatment. He said they appeared unconcerned about potential repercussions.

He also saw evidence of guards pulling identity numbers off their uniforms or switching them once they were on duty in order to make it more difficult for them to be identified.

“Several of my clients have had toilet paper pepper-sprayed while they have had hemorrhoids,” Ghappour said.

The Pentagon said on Monday that it had received renewed reports of prisoner abuse during a recent review of conditions at Guantanamo, but had concluded that all prisoners were being kept in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. Click here to read complete article.

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One of the most surreal [and memorable] moments of my life transpired while watching an interview with a mother whose son had died in Iraq. At his memorial and through her sobs she screamed [paraphrasing], “he was a wonderful boy, and everybody loved him. He was a practical joker and loved to make people laugh. He was kind and gentle and never hurt a fly. All he ever wanted was to grow up and become a sniper…and those savages killed him! They murdered my son!”

He’d never hurt a fly, and all he ever wanted was to grow up and become a sniper. But his dreams were cut short when he was “murdered” by “savages.” That sort [and magnitude] of cognitive dissonance is not uncommon, these days. We prefer to forget that every soul at Gitmo, “ours” and “theirs,” is some mother’s child.

Henry Kissinger is widely reported to have said, “military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” And, despite decades of criminal activity on multiple continents, Kissinger remains not only a free man, but a player on the world stage!

Henry Kissinger has made a return to frontline politics after Barack Obama reportedly sent him to Moscow to win backing from Putin’s government for a nuclear disarmament initiative.

With friends like Henry Kissinger, who needs Dick Cheney?!  rb

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