The Washington Post signals that perhaps the time
has come for even the Washington Post to start
taking the U.S.
torture policy seriously. Their editorial yesterday is titled
War Crimes and reads in part —
Since the publication of photographs of abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in
the spring the administration’s whitewashers — led by Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld — have contended that the
crimes were carried out by a few low-ranking reservists, that they were
limited to the night shift during a few chaotic months at Abu Ghraib in
, that they were unrelated to the
interrogation of prisoners and that no torture occurred at the Guantanamo Bay
prison where hundreds of terrorism suspects are held. The new documents
establish beyond any doubt that every part of this cover story is false.…
[T]he appalling truth is that there has been no remedy for the documented
torture and killing of foreign prisoners by this American government.
Will the Senate do more than toss a few grandstanding rhetorical questions at
Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales? The Democrats, at least, are still
showing little sign that they care much about the torture policy. Dubya
apparently is confident that they won’t make much of a fuss, since he’s also
renominating another torture memo alumnus to the
U.S. Court of
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