An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Boinking Off Into The Sunset…Whatsamatter? Don’t You Feel You’ve Been Boinked The Last Six Years?

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(USA TODAY)Bush: Enemies are ‘evil,’ but not insane

(MercuryNews) Faulting the White House is similar to appeasing Nazis, Rumsfeld says

Oh, yes, we are gearing up for the November election, all right, gotta make sure the populace is good and scared. More if you’re not with us, you’re against us, let’s make believe that we’re fighting the Nazis and anyone who thinks we’re wrong is like Neville Chamberlain. In the meantime, we’re playing by Herman Goering’s playbook.

UPDATE: Little did I know that Our Beloved Bush was going to go on and on in this mode for several days running…even Republican polls must be showing them in danger of losing either the House or the Senate. Our madcap Big Brother acknowledged our illegal “black prisons” (secret torture gardens in remote, non-U.S. countries to avoid scrutiny and looking as guilty as sin) by bringing 14 prisoners to Gitmo (gee, what an improvement) (AP) Bush acknowledges secret CIA prisons and now wants to “amend” the War Crimes Act to specify exactly WHAT kind of torture is illegal so we can freely practice any OTHER kind of torture we have a mind to (AFP) US wants to amend law barring degrading treatment of detainees, since the so-called vagueness of the ban against torture and degrading and humiliating treatment is deemed, in that horrible locution of CorporateSpeak, unacceptable. (WashPost) War Crimes Act Changes Would Reduce Threat Of Prosecution. Geoffrey Corn, former US Army legal expert, told the Post that Common Article 3 was, according to its written history, “left deliberately vague because efforts to define it would invariably lead to wrongdoers identifying ‘exceptions,’ and because the meaning was plain — treat people like humans and not animals or objects.” Which is exactly what the intent of the amendment is…

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GITMO–A Pustule On The Face Of Everyone Connected With It

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(WashPost-AP)U.S.: 3 Gitmo Inmates Hanged Themselves

(WashPost-AP) Bush Directs Outreach on Gitmo Suicides “President Bush expressed “serious concern” Saturday over the suicides at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and directed an aggressive effort by his administration to reach out diplomatically while it investigates.”

(Reuters) Suicides prompt new calls to shut Guantanamo “The suicides of three Arab detainees at Guantanamo ignited new calls on Sunday for the United States to shut down the prison camp but a U.S. diplomat called their hangings a “good PR move” to gain attention…Colleen Graffy, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy, told the BBC World Service the suicides were a “good PR move to draw attention. It does sound that this is part of a strategy in that they don’t value their own life and they certainly don’t value ours and they use suicide bombings as a tactic to further their Jihadi cause,” she said.”

It also sounds like the despair of possibly completely innocent men who’ve been arrested, thrown into a jail of despicable conditions and illegally held for 4-1/2 years without a trial.

(BBC) Dead detainee ‘was to be freed’ “One of the three men who committed suicide at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay was due to be released – but did not know it, says a US lawyer…He said the prisoner was not told because US officials had not decided which country he would be sent to.” Well, I guess they don’t have to decide now.

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