Donald Rumsfeld - Damning Revelations ...
Tempted to take tonight off. Terrible toothache. Two days, now.
But they tell me the show must go on. So instead of simply skulking off and sending in a sick note - lets just do it - but lets keep it short and sweet.
Here's the headline for Majorie Cohn's marvellous interview piece.
Abu Ghraib General Lambastes Bush Administration
By Marjorie Cohn
As to how the hell I missed this for three days ... well ... well ... I'm gonna blame me pain.
Wednesday 24 August 2005
I had been hesitant to speak out before because this Administration is so vindictive. But now I will ... Anybody who confronts this Administration or Rumsfeld or the Pentagon with a true assessment, they find themselves either out of a job, out of their positions, fired, relieved or chastised. Their career comes to an end. -- Janis Karpinski, interview with Marjorie Cohn, August 3, 2005
In the hope you're already hooked enough to hurry looking for more I'll just leave you with this extra bit of bait.
Army Reserve Brigadier General Janis Karpinski was in charge of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when the now famous torture photographs were taken in fall of 2003.Oh, alright then -- I can manage another minute, I suppose.
She was reprimanded and demoted to Colonel for her failure to properly supervise the prison guards. Karpinski is the highest ranking officer to be sanctioned for the mistreatment of prisoners.
On August 3, 2005, I interviewed Janis Karpinski.
Heck, the things I do for love. This time I mean it - this tasty teaser's your last.
"It was a memorandum signed by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, authorizing a short list, maybe 6 or 8 techniques: use of dogs; stress positions; loud music; deprivation of food; keeping the lights on, those kinds of things," Karpinski said.
"And then a handwritten message over to the side that appeared to be the same handwriting as the signature, and that signature was Secretary Rumsfeld's. And it said, 'Make sure this happens' with two exclamation points.
And that was the only thing they had. Everything else had been confiscated."
Karpinski said, however, "The truth has been uncovered, but it's been suffocated and it has not been released with the results of the investigation." She added, "McClellan and Rumsfeld can get up on their high horse and say that there've been no fewer than 15 investigations that were conducted.And you'd better believe it -- you ain't seen nothin' yet. There is sooo much more where this came from that it's probably best you put your slippers on and your feet up -- 'cos reading the rest could take quite some considerable time. I mean it. Trust me.
But every one of those investigations is under the control of the Secretary of Defense. And every one of those investigations is run and led by a person who can lose their job under Rumsfeld's fist."
"We're never going to know the truth until they do an independent commission or look into this independently," Karpinski maintains. "This is about instructions delivered with full authority and knowledge of the Secretary of Defense and probably Cheney.
I don't know if the President was involved or not. I don't care. All I know is, those instructions were communicated from the Secretary of Defense's office, from the Pentagon, through Cambone, through Miller, to Abu Ghraib."
Now where's that hay? Because boy-oh-boy, right now I am really ready to hit it.
( While I snore - you read more - much more.) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082405Z.shtml