05. October 2005 · Comments Off on Bush Tells Congress to Shut Up About Detainees · Categories: Politics · Tags: , , , ,

It’s one thing to say we need more money to continue operations in Iraq, quite another to insist that everyone just shut up about the detainees that have been held under the jurisdiction of the president himself.

How can the White House proclaim a mission for freedom and democracy while persisting a policy of human rights violations? Why even persist a policy of human rights violations anyway? Well, for whatever reason the administration seems intent on doing just that. Bush’s chief counsel, Alberto Gonzales, issued a Justice Department memo arguing that  that laws prohibiting torture do “not apply to the President’s detention and interrogation of enemy combatants  and that the pain caused by an interrogation must include “injury such as death, organ failure, or serious impairment of body functions—in order to constitute torture.”  – as if it makes a difference, the administration has been shipping detainees off to outside countries to be tortured anyway. Probably using the same torture devices that were exported from the US under Bush’s authority. And now we have Bush telling Congress to mind it’s own business.

Bush threatens defense bill veto, warning on prisoners WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill in the Senate because it wasn’t enough money for the Pentagon and also warned lawmakers not to add any amendments to regulate the treatment of detainees or set up a commission to probe abuse.




22. March 2004 · Comments Off on No Excuse for Guantanamo · Categories: Politics · Tags: , , ,

At least 100 detainees have been released from Guantanamo. Some of them have since reported examples of severe mistreatment that U.S. officials have promptly denied. So there appears to be some conflicting stories. Aside from treatment of prisoners, there is also some dispute about the whether or not all the prisoners are indeed terroristst. Steve Rodriquez, vetran intelligence officer who oversees the interrogation team, says “If I were to believe the stories they tell me at first, then 90 percent of them are innocent rug merchants.”

Well, of course the terrorists are going to deny the charges and of course the man in charge of the interrogation team is going to deny any possibility of making a mistake. Rodriguez also claims that the detainees have provided a stream of intelligence to interrogators during the past two years. That sounds like an excuse to me. Is he trying to make an excuse for the unjustified mistreatment of people that have not actually been proven guilty in any court?

As stated in the article, there is no way to prove the claims of either side. The U.S. government has closed the doors to any kind of investigation or monitoring. So are we supposed to just believe the government? The same government that said that they had proof that Iraq had WMD and posed an imminent threat?

I still don’t understand the closed door policy. Why can’t they be taken to court, proven guilty and then interrogated? If they are in fact guilty then wouldn’t the stream of intelligence be the same? As far as I can see, the only advantage this sort of closed door policy can provide to the government is to allow them to hide their brutality and injustice.

It doesn’t matter what Rodriguez says. Even if we are gaining intelligence to help us counter terrorism to some degree, no matter how rich or limited it may be, it still pales, in my mind, when compared to the loss of trust and respect for our government. I don’t care of it’s Osama bin Laden himself.. If a man is guilty then a fair trial should not only confirm his guilt but it would enforce our nation’s position as fair and just. Also, a fair trial would not limit our ability to punish a terrorist or gain information from a person proven guilty.

So, if the government isn’t hiding their own inhuman behaivor, then why are they closing the doors? Why don’t they even bother trying to exlain it?