Take a look at (CLICK) this article regarding torture of prisoners in the custody of MY GOVERNMENT! From the article:
"Who the hell authorizes these things?" Soufan reportedly asked the chief CIA officer in Thailand, as Mitchell began stripping the prisoner and blasting him with music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
So here I sit, with only news articles to tell me what my government is up to (that would be torture.) Thankfully there are some brave souls willing to become "whistleblowers" because their conscience prevents restful sleep knowing torture is going on at the hands of the government of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
"The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger," the president said before departing on his trip to Arizona. "Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse."
Ah yes - the old "National Security" routine! Somehow this tired pathetic sorry-ass excuse is dredged up again from the sewer of doublespeak by the champion of "Change We Can Believe In." So lets see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil - essentially live in denial that we Americans are joining the ranks of nations that torture. So I ask those of you who voted for Obama - how do you deal with Obama's inaction on torture? What do you tell yourself to rationalize this failure to fulfill campaign promises? Oh that's right - all he promised you was "hope"- it's gonna' be tough collecting on that contract. But stopping torturers? Facing down the military-industrial complex? That would require big cajones. Does he have them? Maybe - but what I see missing is a genuine desire to change the culture condoning torture. Instead I see a skillful politician "looking busy" for the corporate media - but in reality doing nothing. As to why - I'll leave that up to the reader.
Thankfully - the "problem" (torture) is only with CIA - not the military - right? At least we Americans can rely on our military to stick with their oaths. At least we can count on our military professionals to take care of our boys and girls fighting terror in the hot sandy Middle East - right? Well... NO ... what about (CLICK) this story? From the story:
"US soldiers are now being forced to steal water in Iraq. With supplies tight, and the number of trucks carrying potable water even tighter, troops have resorted to stealing water from civilian contractors. Many have also reportedly suffered from dysentery because they were forced to drink untreated water from Iraqi wells. ... It gets worse. Soldiers say the situation has become so dire they were forced to raid the United States’ own airbase in Baghdad for bottled water. They found the water stored in pallets held by civilian contractors, who were supposed to be distributing it."
Perhaps I'm just a bleeding heart. I mean - how important can water be in the middle of that sandbox? Can't the troops build solar stills and distill their own urine to make water? Yes - this must be some deliberate effort by our military leaders to "toughen-up" the troops and test their desert survival skills. Bullsh*t!! I'm trying really hard to understand why somebody isn't losing their job and suffering severely for not providing water to soldiers. Perhaps only enlisted are suffering - maybe that would explain it.
But - at least the military gets it right on the important stuff - like Pat Tillman. Oh, that's right - if one considers (CLICK) this story there is more reason for concern regarding what we are being told vs. what is actually going on. From the article:
"The parents of slain Army Ranger and NFL star Pat Tillman voiced concerns Tuesday that the general who played a role in mischaracterizing his death could be put in charge of military operations in Afghanistan."
----hmm, contradictions - who will sort this out?
----OK - this makes more sense - the watchdogs are asleep as usual - this, at least, sounds credible. UNAWARE!
Anyway getting back to the original topic before I got sidetracked - jobs are tough to find these days so put the word out if you have any friends who are talented torturers. Another job opening is for psychiatric and medical specialists who can keep the accused, I mean terrorist alive, so we can keep torturing them and deny them the gift of death. Any torturers out there? - AMERICA NEEDS YOU!
Innocent until proven guilty is the law of the land in America? You Decide-------
UPDATE MAY 14, 2009 JESSE VENTURA on Larry King regarding torture
VENTURA: It's drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you -- I'll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
UPDATE McGovern LEADS THE WAY - Where is the support from the intel community?
"I asked again why he stopped the review, but was shouted down by an audience not used to having plain folks ask direct questions of very senior officials, past or present."
UPDATE MAY 15, 2009 GRAPHIC TORTURE PICTURES - your tax dollars at work
UPDATE MAY 16, 2009 McChrystal and Pelosi