Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Abu Ghraib torture: Who let the dogs out? 

Merry Christmas from all those Godly men and women in the White House:


Sherman, set the Wayback machine for May 2004.

Then (here), we pointed out that authorizing the use of military working dogs (as in the picture above) was, like everything else in the Army, subject to the chain of command, and we cited the regulations. Someone has to authorize the use of dogs for any purpose, and that includes torture.

And we asked: Who let the dogs out? And now we have the answer:

Bush did.

A two-page FBI e-mail message refers to "a Presidential Executive Order" and contends President George W. Bush directly authorized interrogation techniques that included sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc.," the ACLU said.
(via the have-the-wingers-started-to-eat-their-young Washington Times

Rule by secret decree, setting dogs on prisoners, torture.... Does this sound like a Constitutional government? Does this sound like the rule of law?

Evil, that's what it is.

The memos are here. Thanks, ACLU. And Merry Christmas, Mister President.

UPDATE Nice coverage roundup by Suburban Guerilla.

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