Monday, September 18, 2006

Self-Humiliation

The White House tells us that it has to be told what humiliating treatment is. It doesn't know what humiliating treatment is.

How humiliating.

Contradicting himself ever so slightly, Stephen Hadley tries to exude confidence as he pleads ignorance,
""I'm saying that nobody knows what humiliating treatment is. What does it mean?" Hadley said on CNN's "Late Edition."

On CBS's "Face the Nation," he said: "This is not about torture. This is about a program that is going to be professionally run by people who have been highly trained.""
Highly trained? In humiliation? Ooh my.

Of course, what's really happening is that Bush is trying to buy amnesty for past misdeeds in the torture arena.

Golden Rule, anyone?

3 Comments:

Blogger Dan McIntyre said...

Here's a misdeed:


Canadian police errors led to man's torture
18 Sep 2006 22:19:55 GMT
Source: Reuters

(Adds quotes from Arar, government, lawyer. Please note unusual spelling of Marlys Edwardh in second last paragraph)

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Canadian police wrongly identified an Ottawa software engineer as an Islamic extremist, prompting U.S. agents to deport him to Syria, where he was tortured, an official inquiry concluded on Monday.

Maher Arar, who holds Canadian and Syrian nationality, was arrested in New York in September 2002 and accused of being an al-Qaeda member. In fact, said the judge who led the probe, all the signs point to the fact Arar was innocent.

Arar, 36, says he was repeatedly tortured in the year he spent in Damascus jails, and the inquiry agreed that he had been tortured. He was freed in 2003.

Judge Dennis O'Connor, who was asked by the Canadian government in 2004 to examine what had happened, found the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had wrongly told U.S. authorities that Arar was an Islamic extremist.

"The provision of this inaccurate information ... (was) totally unacceptable" and guaranteed the United States would treat Arar as a serious threat, O'Connor said.

More -
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N18316511.htm

8:33 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Dan McIntyre said...

It looks like they had to torture him a bit to prove that he was innocent.

8:36 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Dan McIntyre said...

On re-reading, I see that I missed the most important construct of all in Stephen Hadley's statement:

".. going to be..."

On CBS's "Face the Nation," he said: "This is not about torture. This is about a program that is going to be professionally run by people who have been highly trained.""

What about "has been run" or "is being run"? We know the program is now new.

Did Handley by omission imply that the current program is not already being run professionally by people who have been highly trained?

9:37 PM, September 19, 2006  

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