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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Frankly, I was offended by it. For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don’t take them seriously.”
-Vice President Dick Cheney, May 31, 2005

“Does no one else remember the photos of naked piles of prisoners? The internal reports detailing the abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Gharib? The ‘ghost’ prisoners and what the Pentagon said just last week about the fact that interrogators did actually desecrate the Koran? Sweet Jesus, these are the same people who were terribly offended by the Newsweek article last week, despite the fact that it was much more accurate than their own assessments of WMD or a ‘quick and easy’ war.”

“Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.”
-Major General Taguba’s Report on Abu Gharib, February, 2004

“Occasionally there are allegations of mistreatment, but if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who had been inside and released to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated.”
-Vice President Dick Cheney, May 31, 2005

“Um.. Since no one else is allowed in, and the military that guards the camps certainly isn’t supposed to let any negative information out, who else is there to tell stories about what happens there? When the prison camps (I call them prison camps because ‘concentration camps’ still has too negative a connotation) open their doors to allow inspections by Amnesty International or the Red Cross, then we’ll talk.”

"There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust."
-Muhammad (570-632)


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