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5/11/2004 12:54:00 PM | Timothy

Who's helping the war on terror?
Sen. Inhofe said at today's hearing:
Sen. Inhofe (R-OK): First of all, I regret I wasn't here on Friday. I was unable to be here. But maybe it's better that I wasn't because as I watch this outrage that everyone seems to have about the treatment of these prisoners I have to say and I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment.

The idea that these prisoners, they're not there for traffic violations. If they're in cell block 1A or 1B, these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents, and many of them probably have American blood probably on their hands and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.
The Red Cross Report said (via Kicking Ass):
Certain CF military intelligence officers told the ICRC that in their estimate between 70% and 90% of the persons deprived of their liberty in Iraq had been arrested by mistake.
Atrios says: "it's rhetoric like his which will help to sink whatever slim hopes we have in Iraq, not criticisms of Bush administration policy. Particularly when those policies condone and allow torture."

Kicking Ass says:
The guilt or innocence of those prisoners shouldn't be relevant — a free society is judged by it treats the worst. But for the record, Senator Inhofe speaks with no knowledge of the individual crimes of those being tortured.

Outraged by the outrage? Every American should be disgusted by the acts we've all seen in those pictures, and it takes a particular moral sickness to claim that people are wrong for speaking out against it.



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