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2005-06-13 1:07 PM
Torture is the "right policy"
Cheney says that what we are doing in Guantanamo is the right policy.
Time's article, authenticated by Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita, outlines al-Qahtani's treatment, which included being refused a bathroom break and forced to urinate in his pants, having a female guard straddle him, being forced to wear pictures of scantily clad women around his neck and being forced to bark and act like a dog.
But the vice president defended the treatment of Guantanamo's detainees, saying they have been treated "in a human fashion" but do not "qualify" for treatment under the Geneva Conventions "because they are unlawful combatants (who) have not operated in accordance with the laws of war: they haven't worn a uniform, they target civilians."
"In spite of that they are still treated with respect and dignity," he said.
Yes, those things certainly do sound respectful and dignified. There is a real problem with the Administration when they think it is ok to degrade and torture people. The end does not justify this means.
This is another one of my favorite parts.
"Those who most urgently advocate that we shut down Guantanamo probably don't agree with our policy anyway," the vice president said after presenting the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards at the National Press Club.
... and since they disagree with us, everything they have to say does not matter. What possibly could they be right about if they disagree with our policy?
Such arrogant assholes.
He's quoted in other articles saying that even if they close down Guantanamo, they will need this kind of facility to hold people and it will have to exist somewhere. That's true... anyone want to answer "Why not on US soil?" It's because they are torturing people in violation of US law. They can't have Guantanamo here.
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