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So many heads, so few pikes.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Billmon remains a hero:

"We did not release the Taguba report to the press. That was done by someone to release against the law a secret document."
Donald Rumsfeld
Testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee
May 7, 2004

Q: "Mr. Secretary, can you say why it was classified secret?" Do you know?
RUMSFELD:"No, you'd have to ask the classifier."

Donald Rumsfeld
Press Briefing
May 4, 2004

In no case shall information be classified in order to: (1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency.
George W. Bush
Executive Order 13292
March 25, 2003
I know this is yucky, but I think that the unreleased photos and video described on msnbc.com should come out:

Rumsfeld did not describe the photos, but U.S. military officials told NBC News that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.” The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.


The country needs to be shown precisely what atrocities it is tacitly authorizing in the interest of its perceived safety, and make its electoral decisions based on the whole truth.

I hate that this administration makes me feel like a nutball conspiracy theorist.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Caught a beep or two of NPR's interview with Donald Rumsfeld this morning. Noticed two things that made me curious.

First, Rumsfeld said that foreign fighters continue to trickle into the country. I have to wonder why, if we had to invade somewhere, we didn't invade one of the countries that seems to be providing insurgents/terrists/unlawful combatants/whatever we're calling them today. There wasn't any evidence last year that Iraq was sponsoring terrorism in other states; is this a War on Terror or is it a War on Countries that Piss Us Off?

Second, Rumsfeld said that if Gen. Abizaid wanted more troops, more troops would be pulled in. He was asked if this meant that troops might be pulled from other hotspots, such as South Korea. Rumsfeld said that if troops were pulled from hotspots that they would be pulled in such a manner as not to reduce their deterrent effect. What does that mean? Does Rumsfeld think that we'll be able to pull US troops from South Korea and replace them with our fabled high quality missile defense systems?

Monday, May 03, 2004

At the end of an era of CEO glorification -- glorification that covered up the failures of Enron and its ilk, is it any wonder that the American people were snookered into hiring a horrible CEO-President?

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