Orwell is proud (fwd)
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 19:20:57 +0100 (CET)
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Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 09:50:45 -0800
From: Tim May <email@example.com>
Subject: Orwell is proud
"The Coalition of the Willing."
"The Axis of Evil."
It's interesting to see the Pentagon referring to Iraqi defense
measures as "illegal" and to see them whining that some of those they
fight are not dressed in official uniforms.
Note also the yapping about the Geneva Convention and how Iraq must not
place POWs under any form of duress. In true doublethink way, this does
apply to POWs the Americans hold in cages, withhold water and food from
them, forced to stand and kneel, denied sleep, and so on.
Here's one of several accounts:
"Al-Qaida prisoners have typically been shackled or duct-taped to
stretchers for transport. Hoods, blindfolds or blacked-out ski goggles
keep them from discerning their location. Heads and beards are shaved.
Prisoners are isolated upon arriving at detention centers.
"John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban" captured in Afghanistan, was
blindfolded, stripped naked, bound to a stretcher and held inside a
metal shipping container with limited food and medical attention, his
lawyer said. He was later transferred to the USS Peleliu and confined
to the brig without being told his family had hired counsel, the lawyer
"Some attorneys and human rights officials complain that prisoners may
be forced to stand or kneel for hours. Bright lights are never
extinguished. Loud music blares. Sleep is denied, sometimes for days,
to begin breaking a prisoner's resistance.
"The so-called "stress-and-duress" techniques represent the milder
forms of torture that may be used in interrogation.