Sunday, April 13, 2008

End Days For Ozymandias

It's the End Days for some believers in the innate goodness of earthly power.

ABC News has just reported that a pile of pols, including
  • Condi Rice, current Secretary of State
  • Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
  • George Tenet, former CIA Director
  • Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense
  • Richard Cheney, current Vice President, and
  • John Ashcroft, former Attorney General
signed off on acts of torture. Many acts of torture. Illegal torture.

The President has acknowledged that he knew about this and that he approved of it. The same President at the time told the people, "America doesn't torture." Torture is a crime.

America doesn't torture. But some Americans do.

As the ABC story explains, former Attorney General Ashcroft felt funny about it.
"According to a top official, Ashcroft asked aloud after one meeting: "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly." "
Perhaps he knew that they were no longer America. They were just Americans. Americans who torture. Torture is a crime.

Twice before, the CIA had been caught and blamed when "special projects" done for the White House went awry. So this time, the Director of the CIA, George Tenet, took great care to make a special presentation to the Principals group and to get their sign-off on each and every major act of torture.

Each and every major crime. The Attorney General signed off on each crime.

Needless to say, no one was pursued.

The CIA now possesses all the evidence needed to take these people down.

Congress has invited the "Principals" to explain their perfidy. Those still in office will sit in growing shame as the world slowly gathers details of the evidence against them. When Condi Rice, Secretary of State, goes abroad, crowds may now welcome her as "Torture Lady".

The President is throwing a dinner party next week to honor the Pope's 81st birthday. His Holiness, who will be in a hotel just a few blocks from the White House, has declined to attend. Former Attorney General Alfredo Gonzales can't find a new job. Approaching from the rear as they flounder like caught fish on a string are ever-more explicit descriptions of what their decisions meant on the ground.

Here's one of the many unusual deaths recorded:

The right chest wall has fractures of ribs three through seven anteriorly and ribs six through twelve posteriorly. The left chest wall has fractures of ribs two through nine anteriorly and ribs seven through twelve posteriorly. There are fractures of the lateral aspect of ribs nine and ten on the left side. There is a horizontal fracture through the mid-portion of the body of the sternum."


There's more. Sadly. May God give them peace and rest.

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Meanwhile, a new world is beginning.

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