Sunday, February 13, 2005

Bush torture policies: Yet another curious incident shows the LRWM fix is in 

As we've been saying: Follow the bytes. You remember the famous exchange between Holmes and hapless Inspector Gregory:

Inspector Gregory: "Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

Inspector: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."

Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

Today, another "curious incident" at The World's Greatest Newspaper (not!). Raymond Bonner plays the silent watchdog. We'll leave out the details of why a "detainee" would "say" he was "tortured" (kudos to the headline writer for not using the euphemism "abuse"); we already know Bush rationalizes, and practices, the evil of torture. Rather, we'll focus on a few, um, loose ends. The kind of loose ends that, if anyone would tug them, would unravel the Emperor's clothes:

Detainee Says He Was Tortured While in U.S. Custody
[In Gitmo, tortured Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib] also said he was forced to look at photographs of his wife's face superimposed on images of naked women next to Osama bin Laden.
(via the non-barking Times)

PhotoShop work. Where's the server that data was stored on, and who had access to it? Where was the PhotoShop work done, and who did it? Will the LRWM follow the bytes?

Men in black masks came into the room. One had a still camera, the other a video camera. "They make picture of everything in my body," he said.

Where were the videos stored? Will the LRWM follow the bytes?

We already know that 100,000 photographs from Abu Ghraib were stored on a "secret server".

Funny, though. The Army was going to be finished looking through the 100,000 photos in December. You'd think we'd have heard about the results by now. But n-o-o-o-o!

Funny, though. Now the Times have the evidence that the same modus operandi used at Abu Ghraib used at Gitmo ("Handwriting of The Fog Machine") You'd think that the Times would make that connection. But n-o-o-o-o!

And funny, too, about that Bush's executive order OKing torture. You'd think the Times would think to ask whether the torture at Gitmo was (putatively) authorized under it. But n-o-o-o-o!

How curious these incidents are! What could be going on? Will the LRWM follow the bytes?

NOTE The master of the slightly stale conventional wisdom goes to Australia and puzzles over why Bush is not an easy export Down Under. Maybe Bush torturing Australian citizens could have something to do with it?

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