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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Iraq - Rumsfeld Lied

I'm not really surprised so much as disgusted. Of course he lied. They all lie. They lie unceasingly and shamelessly about everything, no matter how trivial. If you asked them how the weather was, they'd tell you it was raining even as the sun shone out blinding them. So I'm not really surprised. But why aren't they behind bars? Here, General Taguba, now forced into early retirement, speaks:
"I described the naked detainee lying on the wet floor, handcuffed, with an interrogator shoving things up his rectum and said, 'That's not abuse, that's torture,'" Taguba said. "There was quiet."

The following day, May 7, Rumsfeld testified before the House Armed Services Committee.

"It breaks our hearts that in fact someone didn't say wait, look, this is terrible," Rumsfeld said. "We need to do something to manage -- the legal part of these proceeding along fine. What wasn't proceeding along fine was that the president didn't know, and you didn't know and I didn't know and as a result, somebody leaked a secret report to the press and there they are."


"The President addressed this fully," a White House statement says. "He first saw the pictures on TV and was upset by them. He called for the investigation to go forward. He found the actions abhorrent and urged the Defense Department to get to the bottom of the matter."

"It's not when they saw the photographs," Hersh stresses. "It's when they learned how serious it was. They were told in memos what the photographs showed... They showed other, more sexual abuse than we knew, sodomy of women prisons by American soldiers, a father and his son forced to do acts together. There was more stuff [than] was made public.

Video available here. So you can see and hear for yourself.

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