If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.
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Donald Rumsfeld, The Bell Tolls For Thee (PBU10)
Our Secretary of Defense has been sued, ACLU and Human Rights First Sue Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Over U.S. Torture Policies (They have a Hard Facts Timeline (.pdf) as well:
"Secretary Rumsfeld bears direct and ultimate responsibility for this descent into horror by personally authorizing unlawful interrogation techniques and by abdicating his legal duty to stop torture," said Lucas Guttentag, lead counsel in the lawsuit and director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "He gives lip service to being responsible but has not been held accountable for his actions. This lawsuit puts the blame where it belongs, on the Secretary of Defense."That's great but I tend to disagree. I believe that ultimate responsibility lies with the President. Rumsfeld in jail would be a start though. Here is the DoD response:
Q: And the lawsuit?Next we have two analyses of the "independent" Schlesinger panel from last summer, Excerpts From the Schlesinger Panel Report. It makes me feel especially proud when the Secretary of Defense of my country has to be assured of not being arrested before he can go to Germany to participate in a conference, Germany Won't Prosecute Rumsfeld. Now Condi has surpassed him and Rummy may be gone by the end of the year. It almost makes you feel sorry for him. But I'm sure he'd be back selling reactor components to countries in the Axis of Evil in not time.
MR. DI RITA: The lawsuit. This is a matter -- as an official of this government operating in his official capacity, the secretary is represented by the Department of Justice, in a manner of speaking. So it's the Justice Department that is going to evaluate this claim and determine what the steps going forward are. We're, through the general counsel's office, very closely connected to the Justice Department. There are aspects of it that are being -- are still being considered how best to approach this. I would like to just reiterate what we said when this claim was made, and that's that we just continue to vigorously reject any assertion or implication that any of the policies that were approved inside the department or by the commanders -- General Sanchez approved the policies in Iraq -- were intended to be policies of abuse, and in fact none of the investigations that have been conducted concluded that there was a policy of abuse. I should say it more positively: all of them concluded that there was no policy of abuse. So we just -- there's just no basis for any of these claims. But again, it's the Justice Department that will determine the way forward on this.
"The Bell Tolls for Thee"...that's perfect! Nope. I don't almost feel sorry for Rummy. Loved the post.