Saturday, December 01, 2007


Put on this blindfold. Now defend yourself like a man!

The life and crimes of W's administration roll on. The latest?

Defendants in the war crimes trials of Guantanamo detainees will not be allowed to know the names of their accusers, much less confront them in a court of law, this according to a military judge who has issued an order to that effect. It's significant to note that he issued this order without public disclosure. I'm sure his commander-in-chief has a rosy new commission all picked out for him, just in time for the holidays.

This morning I listened to interviews with two attorneys representing some of the detainees at Guantanamo. They noted that many of them had been turned in for the $5000 a head reward money offered in Pakistan, where the annual income is frequently around $200 a year. Great motivation!

How much more blatantly can these clowns stack the cards?

I'd read Naomi Wolf's The End of America, if only we could keep it in at the library. It flies out as soon as it comes in. I'll just have to wait and wonder.

Gitmo & the way it is being handled are one of the lowest & disturbing things this government has done. I posted the gitmo playbook on my blog:

Quoting the American Bar Association website:

The manual appears to reveal information that has previously been intentionally withheld. For example, it "indicates some prisoners were designated as off-limits to visitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross, something the military has repeatedly denied."
It also addresses the minutia of military prison management. Styrofoam cups, for instance, must be confiscated if prisoners have written on them, apparently because they may then be a vehicle for passing forbidden notes from one prisoner to another. Meanwhile, "(i)f the cup is damaged or destroyed, the detainee will be disciplined for destruction of government property," the manual states.

Why else would the gvmnt need a prison in another country, but to not play by the rules?

there has been forced tube feeding for those who went on hunger strikes.

The things you posted about are just a domino effect of everything else gone wrong.
Dahlia Lithwick has a great post today on Slate about the Gitmo tribunals and the SCOTUS fuckwits hearing another case on habeas..
Maybe Hell will have its own Gitmo and throw Bush in, head first.
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