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November 18, 2007
Bad Canada!

Lest we forget our Northern Neighbors in Bush/Cheney's fight for "freedom" in Iraq, it looks like the USofA isn't the only country with a few prisoner torture" issues to face.

Another report noted that the warden of the main prison in Kandahar, where many prisoners handed over by Canadians soldiers were held, had been fired after charges that he raped juvenile detainees. Cosmetics and hashish were found in his office. He was exonerated because an Afghan military judge said it was "impossible for a drunken man in his 50s to commit an act of rape," reported a Canadian official in a cable to Ottawa.

O-kay.

I don't think there's anything I can add to that.

Five days earlier, on June 1, diplomats struggling to cope with NDS record-keeping reported that some detainees are listed as being "released about three months before they are arrested," while for others there was no record "of these detainee names anywhere on our spreadsheet."

Yeah, that's the hard part of illegal arrests of hundreds of random people just plucked off the streets of a strange country. The paperwork gets to be such a mess.

CIVPOL have made the request on our behalf to be issued with the desert camel boots, as they have also had to convert since being in theatre. they afford the appropriate ankle support when getting in and out of the LAV/Coyote/Nyala vehicles. Additionally the colour is more appropriate in the summer heat. On a Health and Safety level we will be walking through blood and fecal matter when either on patrol or in the prison and should not be wearing our personal footwear as it will track into our personal quarters.

Yeah. Wearing the season's fashionable color and keeping the shit off your bedroom floor are pretty important.

Do you believe there are still people claiming there's nothing bad going on with the prisoners of this insane war?

(Via CathieFromCanada)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)
Grinching

Mark Morford is celebrating. It's less than a calendar year until we're rid of the Bush/Cheney mess.

It is now less than one calendar year until the next presidential election. It is less than one year until the country finally takes a deep breath and flexes its atrophied muscles and opens its bloody, Cheney-punched mouth and lets it be known to the world, to the universe, to its own numb and dejected soul just exactly how unwell it has felt, how much pain has raked its heart, lo, these past seven (eight, by then) years, by ushering in an entirely new political era, as we all exhale a massive sigh of long overdue relief that praise Jesus, Allah, Buddha and the devil all at once the long national nightmare of George W. Bush is finally over.

Pardon me for not celebrating quite that heartily. I think we and the world at large would have been more impressed if the Neocon Cabal had been kicked to the curb in '04. (Certainly I suspect a large number of tortured and abused prisoners in Guantanamo would agree.)

Granted, there's been some satisfaction in watching the Firmly Right's lockstep march toward destruction grind to a limping halt. There's been joy in seeing the Religious Right's disintigration into a handful of shrill subgroups, most of which are protesting rather loudly some aspect of the Cabal's policies that they were in complete agreement with seven years ago. There's been a lot of pleasure in seeing the Responsible Right slowly (oh, so slowly) come to its senses and draw back from the madness.

But the Hysterical Right is still with them. The people who refuse to see the situation as it is, the ones raised with a blind faith in "might makes right" and the ones too stubborn or stupid, having adopted a position, to admit they made a mistake. The ones without the courage to say they've changed their minds.

And the few (we hope it's very few) who haven't changed their minds and who think the impendnig recession, oil at $100/barrel and gas at $4/gallon are a small price to pay for achieving whateverinthehell they think it is we're achieving by stirring up another century's worth of warfare in the Middle East.

Tell you what I'm wondering. I'm wondering if there's any panic, breast-beating, or regrets in the newrooms of the major publications and broadcast network corporations around the country. Our holy "Free Press" let us down, as they haev done so very often before, by coming down solidly on the side of corporate interest and big money politics.

Sometimes I really do wonder if reforming the political system in this country might not be as easy as fixing the corporate ownership of the papers and programs that 75% of the USofA depend on for their daily news?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)