Thursday, August 07, 2008

"Guilty as ordered" says the NYT…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 1:22 PM Permalink

editorial today:
Now that was a real nail-biter. The court designed by the White House and its Congressional enablers to guarantee convictions of high-profile detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — using evidence obtained by torture and secret evidence as desired — has held its first trial. It produced ... a guilty verdict.{…}

Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor in Guantánamo, put the trial in a disturbing light. He testified that he was informed by his superiors that only guilty verdicts would be tolerated. He also said that he was told to bring high-profile cases quickly to help Republicans score a pre-election public relations coup.[…]

[…] in a democracy, trials must be governed by fair rules, and judges must be guided by the law and the evidence, not pressure from the government. The military commission system, which falls far short of these standards, is a stain on the United States.
Boy howdy, how filled with false pride must all Republicans be, all those god-fearin', church goin', family values, rule of law, bible-thumpin', holy rollin', better-than-thou genuine throwbacks to the days of torture with thumbscrews, truncheon carrying fighters in the war against human kindness, forgiveness, and all the other things they preach from their sweat-covered, old, obviously well-read on Sundays bibles that purport to teach them the milk of human kindness that instead turns out diseased, maladjusted, 'warriors for Christ', holding forth their only true values as a shield before them while they relentlessly invade, conquer, conduct genocide such as not seen in centuries, displacing millions of innocent people so they can drill for the only god they truly worship: OIL, drillin' oil for money, money, money, money no matter how many millions must die horrible deaths now and in the future as innocent children have their arms and legs blown off or are outright killed from picking up the brightly colored bomblets from cluster bombs that all those church-going Republicans like to use to cause misery for decades, and to kill the ones they missed with their direct bombing, artillery fire, hellfire rockets, and napalm.

Nice people, those religious right Republicans. I hope for their sake that they are wrong about a just god bent on justice or they will all find themselves burning in the hell to which they so confidently claim to send those different than them.

And in the meantime, tens of thousands of uncharged Afghan and Iraqi citizens rot in dismal prisons under who-knows-what deplorable conditions awaiting the same rigged fate of justice dispensed by the least just country in the world: America.

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