January 14, 2009

Heard on Rachel Maddow:
Susan Crawford, the convening authority for the U.S. military commissions and a life-long Republican, said that Mohammed al-Qahtani was tortured. Al-Qahtani was hospitalized twice. On at least one occasion, his heart rate dropped to 35 beats per minute.
Judge Crawford further stated that this situation has "tainted everything going forward."

So now, IF this man is guilty, well, it's just too bad. He cannot be prosecuted.

Even a lawyer whose job it was to prosecute one of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has stated that the evidence against many if not all of them is so disorganized that fair prosecutions may be impossible. He is now calling for the release of the man he was scheduled to prosecute.

Of course, we've been hearing for years that many, many of these prisoners were not guilty and our government knew it.

Sen. Jim Webb [Va-DINO] came out as an apologist for the White House saying things like, "We need to look forward" and quoted McCain [of all people] on the matter. He also used the same words the White House spin-doctor-- excuse me --press secretary did, "These techniques were not used as a matter of policy."

Then he dropped off-thread and started talking about Pakistan instead.
So, a Republican judge called the White House out on the matter of torture.
And a Democratic [?] senator gave them a pass.


Dave Dubya said...

Always "looking forward" may not be such a noble and bright idea when fascism is looming ever larger in the rear view mirror.

two crows said...

hi, Dave
I agree with you but it seems the government is on a different page.
Even Obama has used that language.

I'm just hoping, now that a judge and Obama's own Attorney General have labeled it torture, something may be done.
I'm not holding my breath, tho.