2005/11/14

The Louisville Slugger - An Essential Tool in the War on Terror

While Bush Co. mouths worthless tautologies on how don't need to exclude torture from our methods because we (the US) don't use torture, the evidence mounts that abuse of prisoners ("detainees" in Bush speak) was systematic and brutal in Iraq.

An article in the New York Review of Books (online excerpt here) details some pretty ghastly instances of abuse at the hands of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2003 - 2004. Most of the information is excerpted from eyewitness accounts and testimony gathered by Human Rights Watch and detailed in their September 25th report.

The accounts are disturbing, but these articles are essential reading for anyone who wants to get a handle on how Iraq and the so-called "War on Terror," are twisting our moral compass. Though I somehow doubt the reactionary right will have any stomach for having their fragile world-view upset.

The title of this post refers to one of the more disturbing accounts. (You can't miss it. It's right up front.)

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