Friday, July 22, 2005

Friday news, and the docs are dumped

Those who have been watching the Abu Ghraib story in the last few weeks knows that there were pictures and videos of abuse, some of it sexual abuse of kids, were supposed to be released today.

Bush has chosen to block their release at the last minute. So this is kind of a reverse dump.
On July 22, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) denounced the latest efforts of the Bush Administration to block the release of the Darby photos and videos depicting torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison facility.
So what are they hiding? Something that never should have happened.
``There are a lot more photographs and videos that exist,'' Rumsfeld testified before Congress.

``If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse. That's just a fact.''

The unreleased images show American soldiers beating one prisoner almost to death, apparently raping a female prisoner, acting inappropriately with a dead body, and taping Iraqi guards raping young boys, according to NBC News.

The story just gets worse.
Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week.
Some of the worse that happened that you don't know about, ok. Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib which is 30 miles from Baghdad [...]

The women were passing messages saying "Please come and kill me, because of what's happened". Basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys/children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror it's going to come out.

I'd rather not see what was done in my name, but I know that it may be important in making sure it doesn't happen again.

Very scary stuff at, via Booman. The American Conservative print edition has a story about a plan set up at the Pentagon at the prompting of VP Cheney's office on what to do if a second 9/11 level attack occurs.

Their plan? Nuke Iran.

The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing--that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack--but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.
The military isn't happy about this. Hopefully, this will make it into the MSM.

Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. If Iran had nothing to do with a second attack, it won't matter.

What would happen?

Russia would go on high alert, and might respond to our attack with one of their own on the US if there was a mistake in their warning radar.

Pakistan would be very adversely affected by fallout, as would India. Both are nuclear powers. A possible regional nuclear conflict could occur.

North Korea would steamroll South Korea, and perhaps fire missiles at Japan, knowing that they would be next if they did not demonstrate their own nuclear capability soon.

No candy, no flowers. More IEDs, more flag draped coffins.

Howard Dean goes dull and doesn't freak out at Airport, via Booman.

The Dean watchers are beginning to get bored. He really doesn't seem to have anger problems. He goes all normal all the time!

DKos has a great rundown of what is up with Rove. Connect the dots.

by Robster @ 7/22/2005 11:44:00 PM PERMALink