Wednesday, September 28, 2005
When did Al Qaeda become any type of standard by which we measure the morality of the United States?
From the letter sent to Sen. John McCain, from a member of the 82nd Airborne. Read it. Torture, secret military prisons, this is what America has become. Not that long ago that we were fighting a Cold War against a country/system that had secret prisons and torture.
In this case, I doubt his sources are wrong, but here's Andrew Sullivan on what he hears is happening to Captain Fishback now:
Another source informs that the word is around that Rumsfeld has taken a strong interest in this. He is quoted as saying "Either break him or destroy him, and do it quickly." And no doubt about it, that is just what they are doing. Expect some trumped up charges against Fishback soon, similar to what they did to Muslim Chaplain Captain James Yee, whom they accused of treason with no solid evidence and then, when those charges evaporated, went on to accuse him of adultery. The bottom line, as the NYT reports today, is that the military and the Bush administration are determined to stop any real investigation about how torture and abuse came to be so widespread in the U.S. military. The scapegoating of retarded underlings like Lynndie England is an attempt to deflect real responsibility for the new pro-torture policies that go all the way to the White House. It's a disgusting cover-up and it rests on breaking the will and resolve of decent servicemen and women brave enough to expose wrong-doing.
I have a feeling that it won't be long until American hears all that really happened at Abu Ghraib. What we already know is just the tip of the iceberg.