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

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: The Green Menace

“Interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forced a stubborn detainee to wear women's underwear on his head, confronted him with snarling military working dogs and attached a leash to his chains, according to a newly released military investigation that shows the tactics were employed there months before military police used them on detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The techniques, approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for use in interrogating Mohamed Qahtani -- the alleged "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- were used at Guantanamo Bay in late 2002 as part of a special interrogation plan aimed at breaking down the silent detainee.”
-Washington Post, July 14, 2005

“An Army general who has been criticized for his role in the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has contradicted his sworn congressional testimony about contacts with senior Pentagon officials.
Gen. Geoffrey Miller told the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2004 that he had only filed a report on a recent visit to Abu Ghraib, and did not talk to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld or his top aides about the fact-finding trip.
But in a recorded statement to attorneys three months later, Miller said he gave two of Rumfeld's most senior aides-- then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary for Intelligence Steve Cambone--a briefing on his visit and his subsequent recommendations.”
-Chicago Tribune, July 15, 2005

“Just a few bad apples. I’m sure we’ll get that checked out and everything will be ok again..”

“The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year’s defense programs if it moves to regulate the Pentagon’s treatment of detainees or sets up a commission to investigate operations at Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere.”
-Reuters, July 21, 2005

“The White House will veto money for our troops if we investigate abuses and torture? Why do they hate our troops so much? They’re probably doing it because, though they say they aren’t torturing anyone now, they may need to if the Green Menace rears its ugly head.”

“US investigators, including CIA agents, will be allowed interrogate Irish citizens on Irish soil in total secrecy, under an agreement signed between Ireland and the US last week.
Suspects will also have to give testimony and allow property to be searched and seized even if what the suspect is accused of is not a crime in Ireland.”
-Irish Examiner, July 21, 2005

“See, I told you you have to look out for the Irish! Shifty.. This will just help us keep the Green Menace under control.”

“All right, we'll give some land to the niggers and the chinks, but we DON'T WANT THE IRISH!”
-Olson Johnson, Blazing Saddles


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