[FoRK] Turn out the lights, the party's over...

Contempt for Meatheads jbone at place.org
Tue May 18 08:23:09 PDT 2004

Seem the acausal 'logic' and ends / means reasoning of various 
partisans re: Abu Ghraib (not to mention the torturously twisted 
'arguments' being used re: Berg / Al Qaeda / Iraq, the recent Sarin / 
Mustard Gas attack*, etc.) doesn't hold up to common-sensical scrutiny, 
at least for some in the establishment.  Things are looking grim for 

* metanews:  anybody noticed that while those desperately looking for 
post hoc rationale for the Iraq adventure --- e.g. Faux News --- ran 
the Sarin story front and center yesterday afternoon while same story 
was conspicuously absent from CNN?)

Noticed on Jrobb:


United Press International
Army, CIA want torture truths exposed

By Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Published 5/18/2004 7:16 AM

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Efforts at the top level of the Bush 
administration and the civilian echelon of the Department of Defense to 
contain the Iraq prison torture scandal and limit the blame to a 
handful of enlisted soldiers and immediate senior officers have already 
failed: The scandal continues to metastasize by the day.

Over the past weekend and into this week, devastating new allegations 
have emerged putting Stephen Cambone, the first Undersecretary of 
Defense for Intelligence, firmly in the crosshairs and bringing a new 
wave of allegations cascading down on the head of Defense Secretary 
Donald Rumsfeld, when he scarcely had time to catch his breath from the 
previous ones.

Even worse for Rumsfeld and his coterie of neo-conservative true 
believers who have run the Pentagon for the past 3½ years, three major 
institutions in the Washington power structure have decided that after 
almost a full presidential term of being treated with contempt and 
abuse by them, it's payback time.

Those three institutions are: The United States Army, the Central 
Intelligence Agency and the old, relatively moderate but highly 
experienced Republican leadership in the United States Senate.

None of those groups is chopped liver: Taken together they comprise a 
devastating Grand Slam. 

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