Analiese’s Reading 5/18

Military thugs still busy brutalizing prisoners; torture ordered during failed WMD search; Howard Zinn on Obama’s mindset; Rumsfeld, “intelligence,” and the bible; Kuwait elects first female MPs.

Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at

Gitmo Under Obama
The ‘Black Shirts’ of Guantanamo routinely terrorize prisoners, breaking bones, gouging eyes, squeezing testicles, and ‘dousing’ them with chemicals.
Common Dreams

Gitmo general told Iraq WMD search team to torture

It’s one thing if, as former Vice President Dick Cheney keeps saying, the United States brutally interrogated people to keep our kids safe from another strike by Osama bin Laden. If folks got tortured to provide a rationale for going to war with Iraq, though, that’s a whole different story.

Recent news reports have suggested the possibility that the Bush administration might have endorsed torture to prove an Iraq-al Qaida link. And a recent report from the Senate Armed Services Committee shows that months after then-President Bush had declared Mission Accomplished in Iraq, an Army general working hand in glove with top administration officials tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to convince a unit charged with finding weapons of mass destruction to get tough on its prisoners.

Changing Obama’s Mindset

An editorial by Howard Zinn….”We are citizens, and Obama is a politician. You might not like that word. But the fact is he’s a politician. He’s other things, too-he’s a very sensitive and intelligent and thoughtful and promising person. But he’s a politician.”
Common Dreams

Bible quotes adorned covers of top-secret Rumsfeld intelligence reports

Top secret military intelligence briefings prepared by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and often hand-delivered to George W. Bush featured Crusades-like Bible quotes above triumphant photos of the U.S. military effort in Iraq.

Less than one month after U.S. and coalition forces invaded Iraq in March 2003, a “Worldwide Intelligence Update” reached then-President Bush with the following quote on the cover of the briefing, above photos of jubilant Iraqi crowds in newly liberated Baghdad: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him…To deliver their soul from death.”
The Raw Story

Kuwait elects first women MPs

Kuwaitis have voted for change in the country’s second election in a year by electing its first four women to parliament, which has been male-dominated for almost half a century.
Al Jazeera Net

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