Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Who wrote this?

Who wrote this?

Generally, people who hold themselves above the laws of civilization are called terrorists.

Sometimes, though, they have been called private, sergeant, Mr. Secretary and Mr. Attorney General.

So far, it has been only the privates and the sergeants who have been disciplined for gross violations of the laws of war. Now comes word that the Bush administration is looking to prevent any responsibility for the crimes committed at Abu Ghraib and who knows where else from being laid at the feet of anyone higher up.

Oh Spotty, that’s gotta be the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It’s so left wing.

Ah, grasshopper, you are wrong. It is from an editorial in the Salt Lake City Times from Sunday, August 13th. There have been many editorial voices objecting to the proposed amendment of the War Crimes Act, as first reported in the Washington Post on August 9th:

The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.

Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean.

Spotty, who were the dim bulbs who thought that we weren’t subject to the Geneva Convention?

That would be Professor Organ Failure, John Yoo, and his sidekick Robert Delahunty, who even now holds a teaching position in our fair city.

Sorry for the nearly link-free post, Gs and Gettes, but the quotes are accurate.

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