Saturday, April 19, 2008

Rummy, Cheney, Bushist Fascists: Torture Gets Them Hard, Says Beaver (no, I'm not making this up)


Why aren't all the members of the pro-torture crowd safely rotting in jail?
On Tuesday, December 2 2002, Donald Rumsfeld signed a piece of paper that changed the course of history. That same day, President Bush signed a bill to put the Pentagon in funds for the next year. The US faced unprecedented challenges, Bush told a large and enthusiastic audience, and terror was one of them. The US would respond to these challenges, and it would do so in the "finest traditions of valour". And then he signed a large increase in the defence budget.

Elsewhere in the Pentagon, an event took place for which there was no comment, no fanfare. With a signature and a few scrawled words, Rumsfeld reneged on the tradition of valour to which Bush had referred. Principles for the conduct of interrogation, dating back more than a century to President Lincoln's famous instruction of 1863 that "military necessity does not admit of cruelty", were discarded. He approved new and aggressive interrogation [torture] techniques that would produce devastating consequences.

I don't know why they're not safely rotting away in jail.
[Staff Judge Advocate Lt. Col. Diane] Beaver recalled that smothering was thought to be particularly effective, and that [Major General Michael E.] Dunlavey, who'd been in Vietnam, was in favour because he knew it worked.

The younger men would get particularly agitated, excited even: "You could almost see their dicks getting hard as they got new ideas." A wan smile crossed Beaver's face. "And I said to myself, you know what, I don't have a dick to get hard. I can stay detached."

Beaver confirmed what Dunlavey had told me, that a delegation of senior lawyers came down to Guantánamo well before the list of techniques was sent up to Washington. They talked to the intelligence people, they even watched some interrogations. The message from the visitors was that they should do "whatever needed to be done", meaning a green light from the very top - from the lawyers for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the CIA.

I hope they begin rotting away in jail very soon, and for a very very long time.



Full story at the Guardian, here.

6 comments:

Gen. JC Christian, Patriot said...

Oh my God! We have to prosecute these people.

ckennedy said...

Orange jumpsuits all around. And if I thought like a creepy and psychotic neocon I'd say and black hoods, extraordinary rendition to a black prison somwhere. You know, where we don't torture. But since I'm sane I'd say do the minimum. Charge them with war crimes and make them do hard time and community service for every day of the rest of their lives.

Anntichrist S. Coulter said...

I wanna be the one manning the scaffolds when they swing for this shit. Karl Rove goes first. McCain goes fourth. Unca Dick and his ego are 2nd and 3rd.

The Beltway B@stard said...

Great post. But it makes me sick to be a member of the same species. Delay that - We are not members of the same species. These guys are positively sub-human.

Fishtybuns said...

"I hope they begin rotting away in jail very soon, and for a very very long time."

It will NEVER happen...you can count on it. Thanks Republicrats!

Anntichrist S. Coulter said...

It would be nice if we still had some real Democrats left in power... who in the fuck picked Pelosi is what I'd like to know...

But yeah, "republicrats" suits them far better than the too-PBS-for-kids-sounding "DINO" moniker.

As for the sub-human venal torture-monkeys, I prefer, "republicunts," though that may or may not apply to Condi.

There is a school of thought that this is demeaning and/or insulting to a perfectly wonderful body part, but y'know, I just can't resist using that word. Gets under their pseudo-"christian" hypocritical woman-hating skin.